Driving Victoria Anstead’s work is a passion and dedication to share the power, potential and joy of art – in its most subjective, sublime sense as well as its financial aspect.
For twenty five years she has expertly guided seasoned as well as beginning collectors through the ever-changing landscape of modern and contemporary art as advisor, educator and curator.
Building on a professional career as an international banker, she maximizes the relationships she has formed over the years with leading art galleries, auction houses, cultural institutions and artists around the world to devise a collecting strategy specific to each client.
As acquisition is just the beginning, Victoria advises clients on issues including collection management, conservation, insurance and exhibition strategy.
Over the years she has guided the acquisition of master works including Picasso, Matisse, Degas, Ruscha and Serra. Just as frequently she has introduced clients to international mid career and emerging artists in all media, many of whom have gone on to significant acclaim.
Victoria's work is global and brings with it deep knowledge of artists, institutions and events in the Middle East, India and Africa as well as the US and EU.
She is fluent in the language and practice of both the creative and the business worlds and holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She attained LEED-AP from the US Green Building Council in 2009.
In 2009 Anstead founded TACTICAL AESTHETICS a creative consultancy that produces projects in the public realm. Anstead has advised on major master plans for the creation of and re-imagining of districts and cities in the US and abroad such as New York City’s Water Street and East River Esplanade and Bahrain Bay in Manama, Bahrain.
A frequent speaker, she has presented at institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, New York Academy of Sciences and Center for Architecture, New York on topics ranging from the origins of abstraction to how visual imagery affects decision-making.