The journey of art collecting must begin with education. Metis — which means “knowledge” in Greek — is an art advisory which offers introductory and advanced courses on art appreciation for professionals, executives and family offices. Our approachable yet sophisticated curriculum is especially tailored for those with a busy lifestyle. Emerge from our courses confident and ready to comfortably navigate the fascinating world of modern and contemporary art.
Our Vision is to be the collectors’ compass, guiding those both experienced and aspiring to navigate and thrive in the global art market.
Our Mission is to be a global advisory that uniquely bridges education, access, and market insights, paving the way for the most inspired and informed collections.
Art can be found in every corner of the globe. Our expanding international team represents its regional differences with their individual specialities.
Having lived in four continents and many more cities, Christina J. Chua brings a truly global and horizontal outlook to any project and partnership she initiates.
Christina began her commercial art career at one of Asia’s best galleries, Ota Fine Arts. After significant experience in the higher end of the art market, she later managed a leading Singapore-owned gallery, Yeo Workshop, and was a part of the founding team of acclaimed art fair S.E.A. Focus. Over the past decade, Christina has dealt in blue-chip masters like Yayoi Kusama, Georg Baselitz, and Helen Frankenthaler; produced exhibitions for ascendant mid-career artists like Yeesookyung and Marcin Dudek; and supported rising Singapore stars like Zai Kuning, Lawrence Lek and Dawn Ng.
Christina remains a committed patron of the Singapore arts scene, as an educator and art dealer through her consultancy and education group, Metis Art. Through Metis, she enables the groundwork of non-profits such as STPI, Para Site, IKON, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and many more. She advises collectors on building long-term collections; consults with corporations like UOB and Citibank; and lectures at educational institutions like Wealth Management Institute and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Christina is a builder of bridges and a believer in how art has the power to transform other industries. Always seeking out the cutting-edge of art and tech experimentation, she is the Founder of SO-FAR, a new media collective, NFT gallery and publication for Web3.
Cliff Hartono advises Metis in Business Development and is also the Founder of Set in Stone Gallery, Asia’s premier natural history dealership. He sources and deals in rare fossil and mineral specimens for private collections and interior design. Cliff and Set in Stone Gallery have been featured in various print and live media press such as Bloomberg Markets, The Straits Times and Channel News Asia.
Besides dealing in natural history and fine art, he also runs Jasri Partners where he does strategic consulting for startups and family offices. Before these entrepreneurial ventures, Cliff worked in various roles within the finance industry, including stints at Flow Traders and Credit Suisse in London and Tokyo. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Prior to his role as an independent art consultant, Vladislav Sludskiy served as a Director and Curator of Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York, where he organised solo and group exhibitions featuring artists such as Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing, Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Qiu Zhijie, Zhang Huan, and many others.
As a native of Almaty, Kazakhstan, Vladislav’s passion for growing his local art scene, led him to co-found ARTBAT FEST, an annual international festival serving the Central Asian region since 2010. He is also the Co-Founder of the Eurasian Cultural Alliance (ECA) which fosters cultural exchange between Kazakhstan and the global art community, presenting exhibitions at notable venues like the PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art in Russia, the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCS) in France, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, and the National Museum of Kazakhstan in Astana. Vladislav’s recent curatorial work includes a public art program Astana EXPO 2017, as well as a Kyzyl Tractor exhibition at MANA Contemporary as part of Asia Contemporary Art Week New York in 2018. His work and art writing has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, The Huffington Post, ArtAsiaPacific, Esquire, Forbes and other international journals.
Having developed an extensive network of industry professionals over his decade-long career in the arts, Vladislav brings his curatorial and commercial expertise to the Metis team as Senior Consultant, Central Asia.
Nara Latip is a multifaceted brand strategist and represents Metis as Senior Consultant, Southeast Asia. He will be focusing his time on brand development with Metis & More, business growth and client relations.
Nara’s educational background includes a BFA from ArtCenter College of Design and an MBA at Pepperdine University. His previous role as Brand Director for ARTOTEL Group allowed him to enhance the company’s marketplace relevance through key media channels and ongoing art installations.
Alongside his role at Metis, Nara runs his own creative consultancy and is Co-Founder of HATCH, a modern Japanese restaurant situated in Los Angeles.
Nadine Khalil is an independent arts writer, editor, curator and consultant. She is the former editor of Dubai-based contemporary art magazine, Canvas (2017-2020) and Beirut-based urban culture magazines A mag and Bespoke (2010-2016). After a decade-long stint in art publishing, she advises art institutions and non-profits on editorial strategy, content development and publications. She joins Metis Art as a representative for the Middle East-North Africa region.
Her writing can be found in Art Agenda, Art Forum, The Art Newspaper, Artnet, Art Review Asia, Artsy, Broadcast, Brooklyn Rail, FT Arts, Frieze, Ocula and the Women’s Review of Books. She has authored a series of artist monographs (Paroles d’Artistes) on Lebanese artists Samir Sayegh, Hanibal Srouji and the late filmmaker Jocelyne Saab, and curated video art for European film festivals such as MidEast Cut and the Arab Independent Film Festival.
Art is always about others. Our partners make all the difference.
We’re not just in it for the cocktails. Metis is committed to building transnational bridges across both established and nascent art ecosystems, by setting into motion a robust programme of engagement with our institutional partners. 50% of our course proceeds are always donated to an arts non-profit. Get involved with us.
Somehow, art penetrates its way into every industry. It’s been a pleasure to work with wonderful people like these.