Lisa Schiff | President and Senior Advisor
One of the leading and internationally recognized art advisors, Lisa Schiff has over a decade of experience building private collections and foundations. As the founder and Principal of SFA Art Advisory, she has offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London.
Lisa is ABD on her PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Miami, Florida, and a BA in Art History and French from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She attended Columbia University’s Reid Hall in Paris where she wrote her senior thesis and completed one year of law school at the Faculte de Droit de Montpellier. Additionally, she has taught as an adjunct professor of art history, lectures continually and sits on panels, and is regularly sought out for her opinion in the press. Lisa has also curated exhibitions, has mounted four benefit auctions for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and consults on visual culture for the Foundation. She collaborated with Economic Theorist Jeremy Rifkin on an exhibition called “Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism,” and is planning another based on his theories of Empathy. Finally, Lisa has produced special projects for artists such as Alex Israel and Doug Aitken and is most recently launched the Art & Environment series for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Lisa co-founded VIA Art, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artistic production, thought leadership, and public engagement and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Swiss Institute and SculptureCenter and the Dia Women Council at Dia Art.
Lisa is also mother to 5-year old Leonardo Daniel Schiff, who is of Danish, American descent.
Maya McLaughlin | Senior Advisor
In addition to her robust knowledge of the primary and secondary art markets, Maya brings a diverse background and many years’ experience to the sales team at Schiff Fine Art. She joined the company in 2015 after working for Phillips Auctioneers for nearly a decade as a Contemporary Art Specialist. In her time at Phillips, Maya ran the auction house’s Los Angeles outpost and played an integral role in helping clients amass unique collections of work by contemporary artists, both emerging and blue chip.
Prior to her tenure at Phillips, Maya worked with Michael Smith, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, with whom she helped build various clients’ collections. The duo also co-founded Duke & Duke, a gallery specializing in contemporary design. Maya attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied Art History and English literature.
Marika Kielland | Director of Special Projects , Advisor
Marika Kielland opened the London office of Schiff Fine Art in 2016. Since graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in Art History, Marika has five years experience with non-profit contemporary art institutions; first as Development Director at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York and then as Deputy Director at LAXART in Los Angeles. Currently as Director of Special Projects and Advisor at SFA, Marika is working on creative fundraising and cultural projects with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, while expanding SFA's advisory services in Europe.
Rebecca Ryba | Advisor
Rebecca Ryba holds an MA in Art Business (Hons) from Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York, where she studied art law, the international art market and collections management. Rebecca also holds a BFA in Photography (Hons) from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia, and a Diploma in Graphic Design from Shillington College. As part of her BFA, Rebecca completed her undergraduate thesis examining the philosophical implications of stillness in analogue photography.
Before joining Schiff Fine Art, Rebecca served as Creative Director of an Australian arts and lifestyle magazine in Sydney, and worked in Paris teaching photography. Since being in New York, Rebecca has worked at Christie's Auction House and with curator Neville Wakefield on research and special projects.
Albert Weaver | Head Registrar
Albert Weaver comes from a fine arts background, having studied painting at UC Santa Cruz where he completed a BA in Studio Art and continued into their post-graduate 5th Year Program. He also studied drawing and painting at the New York Studio School and has a Masters in Painting from American University in Washington DC. After completing his masters, he taught and managed American University’s undergraduate and graduate study abroad program in Perugia and Rome, Italy as an Artist in Residence. He has extensive knowledge of art handling and logistics having worked for art handling companies, as Head Preparator for Ace Gallery in Los Angeles, and Head Preparator and Shipping Manager at Sikkema Jenkins in New York.
Clare Keaney | Director of Arts Administration
Clare Keaney is a recent graduate of the Museum Studies masters program at New York University where she wrote her dissertation on the efficacy of feminist art spaces and the effect of institutionalization on radical works.
While completing her MA she served as a curatorial intern and curatorial projects consultant at Public Art Fund, producing Tino Seghal's This You for the City Hall Park exhibition entitled The Language of Things. She also worked as a curatorial intern at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she contributed to the exhibition of Anicka Yi's 2016 Hugo Boss Prize and SculptureCenter where she adjudicated the 2016 InPractice exhibition. Clare recieved her BA in History, Art History, and Anthropology from Syracuse University.
Talia Simon | Advisory Assistant
Talia Simon recently completed her MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York. While pursuing her Masters, she began working at SFA as an intern and upon graduation accepted a full-time position. She is an Ambassador for United States Artists, a non-profit dedicated to gifting unrestricted fellowships each year to nominated artists of all mediums living and working within the US. Talia earned her BA in European History from Arizona State University and worked as a museum intern for the University Art Museum, Nelson Fine Arts Center.