Micaëla van Zwoll, principal at Micaëla Contemporary Projects, began in 1996 with a small eponymous gallery in San Francisco's Hayes Valley that won first prize in the international design community for its minimalist design and use of renewable resources. It was an auspicious start for a developing career in contemporary fine art and modern design.

The opportunity presented by a jewel box gallery allowed Micaela the luxury of drawing on quality objets d'art to juxtapose with paintings, drawings and sculpture, coupled with additional opportunities for intimate exhibitions of work on paper by Picasso, Nolde, Schele, Matisse, Hamaguchi, and her favorite, Escher. These exhibitions afforded her in-depth concentration of many of the world's most highly regarded modern and contemporary artists.

Developing gallery exhibitions, and their catalogues and publications, provided insight into the artist's works and their various media, from drawing to new media. She developed a particular affinity for glass and video (probably resulting from the luminous three dimensional aspects shared by both mediums), as well as painting and sculpture. This diverse representation attracted the silver screen to Micaela's gallery and her artists, placing contemporary paintings and sculpture in blockbuster films: Juno, New Moon, and Eclipse. Micaela also participated in international art fairs as an exhibitor in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, and presented exhibitions in London, Basel, Frankfurt, Manila, Milan and Paris.

As an art advisor, Micaela continues to attend art fairs locally and abroad. She developed excellent work relationships with galleries in the USA, Europe and Asia, as well as with major auction houses. A current member of the SFMOMA’s Modern Art Council (whose members are presented with the latest developments in art at local, national and international levels), she is also a member of the SFMOMA's Curator's Circle and adjunct art group, Contemporaries. She is a high level member of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and a card carrying member of museums in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York! Invited to speak about collecting art in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco, she curated an exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California, and was recently invited by Fox Business News to address the valuation of an extensive art collection. With over twenty years of active art world experience, she takes great satisfaction assisting novice and seasoned collectors with artwork acquisitions that are carefully considered and personally meaningful.

As an art consultant working with various mediums in fine art, what sets Micaela apart is her focus specific to creation and value, relative to individual aesthetics. She is experienced and trained to address and support your art collection. Micaela works with carefully selected art professionals to address every need, from installation to shipping, valuation and authentication, conservation and restoration, framing and supporting craftsmanship, lighting, and risk management. Also a collector, she possesses rare but requisite access to the best corollary services available.

Micaela is a professionally trained contemporary fine art appraiser, compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), as developed by Congress and the IRS for The Appraisal Foundation, and she is a member of the Appraisers Association of America in good standing.


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