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Art advisory & financing

For over forty years, our pioneering Art Advisory & Finance services have guided clients through the global art market, helping them build collections and achieve liquidity from artworks. 

Art Advisory & finance
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Collecting art has been a passion of many wealthy individuals and families for millennia.

Discovering, acquiring, and living with great works of art can bring enormous joy and gratification.

Since 1979, our in-house art specialists have built, maintained, and protected some of the top art collections in the world.

Through our Art Advisory service, we can guide you through the art market, developing an acquisition strategy to build a collection that reflects your vision.

We enable borrowing against internationally marketable paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs of high quality and value, having pioneered this concept ourselves.

By using your art as collateral, you can create liquidity in order to add to your collection or for other investment purposes.

Our art advisors offer independent and objective advice, serving as your advocate to identify, research, evaluate, and negotiate acquisitions and sales of art on your behalf.

Collaborating with our investment finance specialists, we work with you to establish the terms and conditions of the loan.

In most cases, a collection used as collateral may remain in your home or office.

The global art market continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Our art specialists help you understand the latest trends and developments, serving as a key partner in building and maintaining your collection.

Suzanne Gyorgy
Global Head of Art Advisory & Financing
How we serve you
Insight
Our Art Advisory & Finance team has extensive industry experience from careers in major museums, galleries, and auction houses.

Our specialities cover global collecting fields ranging from 19th Century, Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art.

We monitor the latest trends from art fairs, exhibitions, and auctions worldwide to deliver the insights you need to navigate the market.

Access
A shared passion for art can create a global network with like-minded collectors and specialists.

It can also give you access to auctions, galleries and private collections.

Our ongoing program of client events includes art collector dinners, gallery visits, specialist talks, and private viewings at the world's leading art fairs.

Legacy
Given both its financial and sentimental value, we believe your art should be reflected within your wealth planning strategy.

We can work with colleagues across the Private Bank to develop estate and/or philanthropic plans for your collection.

Collecting art can also be a way to express global citizenship, either through lending or gifting artworks to museums and cultural institutions for the enjoyment of others.

Meet our people

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Global Head
Suzanne Gyorgy
Global Head of Art Advisory & Finance
The global art market continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Our art specialists help you understand the latest trends and developments, serving as a key partner in building and maintaining your collection.

Suzanne Gyorgy leads our Art Advisory & Finance team. She brings more than 25 years of curatorial and art market experience to our clients.

Previously, she served as director of exhibitions for the Morris Museum, New Jersey and the director of the PaineWebber (UBS) Art Gallery in New York. Suzanne began her career as a registrar at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Suzanne has lectured, served on panels, and been interviewed widely on issues relating to the art market and collecting. She holds a fine arts degree from the Pratt Institute.

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Global Head
Suzanne Gyorgy
Global Head of Art Advisory & Finance

Suzanne Gyorgy leads our Art Advisory & Finance team. She brings more than 25 years of curatorial and art market experience to our clients.

Previously, she served as director of exhibitions for the Morris Museum, New Jersey and the director of the PaineWebber (UBS) Art Gallery in New York. Suzanne began her career as a registrar at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Suzanne has lectured, served on panels, and been interviewed widely on issues relating to the art market and collecting. She holds a fine arts degree from the Pratt Institute.

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Betsy Bickar
Art Advisor

With more than two decades of experience in the fields of contemporary, modern, Latin American and American art, Betsy help clients build museum-quality collections.

She started her art advisory career working for a private Latin American art collection and foundation. She has held positions at galleries such as Pace Gallery and Sean Kelly Gallery, and founded an internationally recognized exhibition space in San José, Costa Rica.

She has written and edited university-level art history materials for Pearson Education, and has advised numerous private and institutional clients on significant art acquisitions.

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Julie Muehleisen
Art Collections Manager

Julie brings more than 15 years of experience as a manager and museum-trained registrar to our clients. She oversees the worldwide transport, installation, storage, framing, conservation and fine arts insurance of our advisory clients’ collections, ensuring their safekeeping for future generations.

She previously held positions at The Museum of Modern Art as a manager of the prints and illustrated books department, and researcher in the architecture and design department. Julie has also worked with the Finnish Consulate General on the preservation of modern Finnish architecture and as a registrar at ACA Galleries.

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Mary Kate O'Hare
Art Advisor

With more than 20 years of curatorial and academic experience, Mary-Kate brings extensive expertise in US and Latin American modern and contemporary art to our clients.

Previously, Mary-Kate served as curator of American art at the Newark Museum and held a fellowship at the Clark Art Institute. She has organized several critically lauded exhibitions and has taught numerous university-level art history courses and seminars. She continues to regularly publish and speak on modern and contemporary art.

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Fotini Xydas
Art Advisor

A specialist in 19th century European, Impressionist and Modern art, Fotini has served our art clients for more than a decade. She provides objective advice on acquisitions and sales, in addition to evaluating and managing Citi’s international art finance portfolio.

Fotini has experience in both curating exhibitions and appraising art. She began her career at Sotheby’s and Hollis Taggart Galleries.

She has completed all coursework for a PhD in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she holds a master’s in philosophy and a master’s from Columbia University in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies.

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The Private Bank exists to serve a very special community. Hear the stories of global citizens in their own words.

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Experience creator
ALAN FAENA

“Giving new life to a city is one of the most beautiful things that anyone can do,” says Alan Faena, as he looks out on the Miami neighbourhood that now bears his name. “It’s one of the things I’m most proud of, both here and back home in Buenos Aires. These are my gifts to the people, not only for today’s generation but also for future generations.” And what a gift the Faena District is indeed.

Spanning five blocks adjacent to the white sands of Miami Beach, the neighborhood is nothing less than an urban oasis of sensory delights. Its buildings – old and new – somehow fuse perfectly with their natural surroundings. Absolutely nothing is mundane here, not even the multistory parking garage, whose exterior could easily pass for that of an ultra-modern cultural center or designer shopping mall. Incidentally, the Faena District also possesses both of those things.

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Adriana Cisneros
ADRIANA CISNEROS

“I think it’s something like less than one third of family businesses that make it from the first to the second generation and half of those don’t make it to the third generation,” says Adriana Cisneros. “I’m the third generation in our business, so I really hope I’m going to be one of those that survives. Who knows, I might completely mess up, but hopefully not.” Messing up seems a rather unlikely prospect going by Adriana’s record to date. The company is in robust health under her leadership. She has recently returned from a whistle-stop tour of Central and South America, where Cisneros Interactive has become the sole reseller of Facebook in nine countries, the only nations on earth where the social media giant will not manage its own sales.

Facebook chose to work through Cisneros Interactive because it already has the region’s most advanced advertising network. “I started Cisneros Interactive, our digital division four years ago,” says Adriana. “Our aim from the outset has been to create the largest advertising network in Latin America and also the smartest. When we began, others were trying to do similar things, but in a very country-specific way. No one really dared to do it pan-regionally. I used the same architecture to build the business that my father did when he brought satellite television to Latin America three decades ago.”

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The Brown family & NFI: Keeping North America running
SID BROWN

I went to Georgetown University, where I majored in finance. After graduation, I went to New York, where I worked for two years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, before attending Harvard Business School. At that point, I had to decide if I wanted to go back into investment banking or return to the family business. It was 1983 and NFI was primarily a trucking business with very small warehousing, real estate, and truck leasing components.

I’m not completely sure exactly what I was thinking at the time, but I probably felt a certain obligation to join the family business. I’d kind of grown up within NFI. From junior high school onwards, I’d always helped out at the company during summer vacations. I’d worked in the maintenance shop and as a loader in the warehouse. We had always discussed business around the family table as far back as I can remember. So I guess you could say it was in my blood.

When I entered the business, I also had two brothers and a sister working alongside me. So I not only had to figure out how to work with my father, but also with my siblings too. As we were coming up through the ranks, our father wisely refused to appoint any of us as his successor. ‘If I pick one of you,’ he said to us, ‘the others will always resent me and our relationship will suffer.’ Instead, he told us to work it out among ourselves, after which he would sell the business to us.

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MOHAMED AMERSI

Problem-solving and progress-making are second nature to Mohamed Amersi. For many years, he worked as a lawyer for two of the world’s leading firms, focusing upon highly complex equity-related deals. He subsequently set up his own advisory and investment firm specializing in technology, media, and telecoms. In 2015, he and his family created the Amersi Foundation, which particularly supports causes relating to education, poverty, conflict, and social cohesion.

The pandemic has definitely felt like a war at times. But it’s an unusual, asymmetric kind of war. The enemy we’re fighting is one that we can’t see or touch. It doesn’t deploy tanks, fire bullets or have a nuclear arsenal. But it does have hidden bases in pretty much every single part of the Earth. And our current weaponry is unable to defeat this enemy – an enemy that is only interested in killing us.

Like most people, I have had to learn a lot very quickly about COVID-19. I had no in-depth understanding of what ‘triaging,’ ‘social distancing,’ and ‘self-isolation’ were all about. We’ve all learned a completely new lexicon, a new way of living and have a new way of thinking about things. It’s a strange paradox, but we’ve had to stay apart in order to come together against this pandemic.

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