Valeria Napoleone is an art collector and patron to a select number of arts organisations. She is Head of the Development Committee at London based not for profit gallery Studio Voltaire; a Trustee of the Contemporary Art Society; sits on the Boards of the Institute of Fine Arts in NYC; is a member of NYU’s President’s Global Council and an Advisory Board member of the Association of Women in the Arts.
Valeria has been an avid supporter of many UK based institutions such as; Camden Arts Centre, Modern Art Oxford, South London Gallery, Nottingham Contemporary, ICA London, Milton Keynes Gallery, Glasgow International, Chisenhale Gallery.
Valeria has been a collector for 18 years, establishing a strong collection that focuses on female contemporary artists working internationally. Forming an exceptionally close bond with artists, Valeria has provided pivotal support to the careers of many of today’s most critically acclaimed artists including Nicole Wermers, Nicole Eisenman, Phyllida Barlow, Daria Martin, Andrea Buttner, Hague Yang, Lily van der Stokker, Lisa Yuskavage, Ghada Amer, Margarita Manzelli to name a few.
In June 2015 Valeria launched ‘Valeria Napoleone XX’, a new umbrella platform for projects and initiatives that work towards increasing the representation of female artists in major public institutions. Named to highlight both collaboration and the female chromosome, the new platform launched with its first two new initiatives:
Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society is on-going commitment to purchase and donate a significant work by a living female artist to a different UK museum each year. The selected work was previewed in a special display at Camden Arts Centre in London and will then form the basis for a solo show for the artist at the recipient museum.
Valeria Napoleone XX SculptureCenter is a collaborative project that supports the production of a major artwork every 12 to 18 months from the programme at the New York-based non-profit arts institution dedicated to sculpture.
In October 2012, Valeria published her first book, an art-meets-cookbook, Valeria Napoleone’s Catalogue of Exquisite Recipes, sales of which supported Downs Syndrome Education International.
Valeria received a BA from New York University’s Journalism School and an MA in Art Gallery Administration at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC.
Valeria and her husband Gregorio, co-founder of European mid-market private equity firm Stirling Square Capital Partners, have three children; Federico, Gregorio and Letizia and are currently based in London.