Stefania Bortolami was born in Italy in 1965. She studied Art History at University of Torino in 1986. At Sotheby’s Institute in London she attended a Post-Graduate program in Contemporary Art. Shortly after graduation, she worked in the Sotheby’s London Valuation and Communication Departments while studying to receive her master’s degree in Cultural Studies from Middlesex University. In 1991 she opened a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery in Barcelona, Spain called the Backspace Gallery. In 1995 she was offered a director’s position at Anthony d’Offay’s London gallery, where she stayed until 1999 when Larry Gagosian offered her a position at his flagship gallery on Madison Avenue in New York City. In 2005, she and another Gagosian director opened a newly renovated ground floor gallery in the Chelsea District of New York City called Bortolami Dayan. Ms. Bortolami took sole ownership of the business in 2007, which has since relocated to the Tribeca neighborhood in New York City. For 13 years Bortolami has been successfully staging exhibitions, represents 20 internationally renowned artists, and participates in at least 7 International art fairs per year.