SZ | Advisory is an international art consultancy firm. In cultivating an environment of trust and discretion built on a genuine passion, we aim to provide impartial and informed advice in all aspects of collecting art. As collections develop, we provide support in archive management and upkeep. As a seminal pillar in our approach to supporting the arts, SZ | Advisory strongly believes that collecting is a form of philanthropy - supporting a community of artists, gallerists, and institutions. With a team whose backgrounds stem from diverse fields in the industry, we work to demystify and shed light onto all aspects of the art world. Pinpointing the best works in a market in which demand outstrips supply requires strategic knowledge and relationships. SZ | Advisory operates with the clients’ best interests first.
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL ADVISOR
With degrees in Art History, Italian and Spanish from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Sharón's background in Renaissance Art History provides for a solid foundation in her pursuit of Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary Art. She sets herself apart by delving deep into research, providing clients with thorough insight into process, inspiration and technique, while contextualizing works within the arc of art history.
Sharón cemented her knowledge in the visual arts, while living abroad in Europe, the Middle East and Central America. With her keen understanding of the international art landscape and the scope of her regular travels, she maintains rapports with artists, dealers, and auction houses, keeping current with market trends.
Over the course of the last decade, Sharón has had experience working for various international galleries, the Hammer Museum and Christie's Auction House in Los Angeles, among other art organizations. For years, she served as the West Coast Associates Chair of the American Friends of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, as well as the Curator's Council Co-Chair of LAXART in Los Angeles.
OPERATIONS MANAGER AND DESIGNER
Julia Thompson is a Canadian artist based in Los Angeles. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York City. With her direct participation in the art-making process, she established deep relationships with fellow artists and cultivated real interest in the various kinds of practices they develop. Her own sculptures and installation work often investigate and explore unconventional materials, such as candy, concrete, soap and resin.
Julia has extensive experience in marketing and editorial content from her previous work with Paddle8, The New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation, Marlborough Contemporary Gallery, Artbook and The Sheila C. Design Center. She also completed a residency program at the School of Visual Arts in New York before moving to Los Angeles to join SZ | Advisory.