45 White Street
New York, NY 10013
1416 Havenhurst Drive
West Hollywood, CA
SFA assists in all aspects of building a fine art collection, meeting each client's unique needs, objectively and with discretion and confidentiality. By drawing on years of experience, long-term relationships and industry knowledge, SFA is uniquely positioned to help collectors acquire significant works of art from both established and emerging artists. SFA educates and guides its clients through purchases from galleries, artist’s studios, private collections, and at auction - both domestic and abroad. SFA staff regularly monitors art schools, fairs, and auctions, enabling us to provide clientele with knowledge of current developments globally.
SFA is an art advisory specializing in modern and contemporary art. Founded by Lisa Schiff in 2002, SFA serves a select group of dedicated collectors around the world. SFA is made up of experienced art professionals able to assist in every aspect of collecting with the utmost confidentiality and discretion. SFA strategizes all aspects of building a fine art collection, from education and acquisition to installation and collections management. SFA prides itself on making the art world transparent for its clients, helping them navigate the complex web of relationships and platforms. SFA engages with artists, non-profits, and museums and participates in curatorial and special projects. SFA principal, Lisa Schiff, is frequently called upon to share her expertise and provide in-depth analysis to the press. Lisa makes a point to speak regularly on panels and to engage in public discussions, covering a variety of art related topics.
The life of an artwork necessitates a certain responsibility and SFA assists in all aspects of a collection's future care. From archiving and documentation to shipping, insurance, storage, framing, installation, and conservation, SFA staff will oversee all activities. SFA also manages museum and other institutional loans, donations, or private resale/deaccessions. Additionally, SFA is well versed in legal issues such as droit de suite, authentication, and estate planning.
Collecting art is an aesthetic endeavor as well as another form of asset allocation. SFA educates the collector on assessing value prior to acquisition and reappraises works as they change in value over time, keeping close track of relevant artists' performance both privately (through its knowledge of undisclosed sales) and publicly (through its awareness of auction sales).
President and Senior Advisor
One of the leading and internationally recognized art advisors, Lisa Schiff has over a decade of experience building private collections and foundations. As the founder and Principal of SFA Art Advisory, she has offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London. Lisa is ABD on her PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Miami, Florida, and a BA in Art History and French from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She attended Columbia University’s Reid Hall in Paris where she wrote her senior thesis and completed one year of Law School at the Faculte de Droit de Montpellier. Additionally, she has taught as an adjunct professor of art history, lectures continually, and is regularly sought out for her opinion in the press. Lisa has also curated exhibitions, has mounted four benefit auctions for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and consults on visual culture for various Foundations. She collaborated with Economic Theorist Jeremy Rifkin on an exhibition called “Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism,” and is planning another based on his theories of Empathy. Lisa has produced special projects for artists such as Alex Israel and Doug Aitken and launched the Art & Environment series for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Lisa co-founded VIA Art, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artistic production, thought leadership, and public engagement. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Swiss Institute, the Sculpture Center, and Performa. She is also a member of the Women’s Council at DIA and the Makers Council at the Shed. In 2019 Lisa and the SFA Team launched One All Every (One Planet, All Beings, Every Choice), collaborating with artists and designers to produce sustainable products in partnership with various philanthropic and environmental foundations.
Advisor, Director of West Coast
Joining SFA in 2015, Maya McLaughlin launched the advisory’s LA / West Coast office, advising both regional and international clients.In addition to her 10 years of experience with the secondary art market working as a Contemporary Art Specialist at Phillips Auction House, Maya brings a depth of art historical knowledge to the advisory team at SFA. Prior to her tenure at Phillips, Maya worked with Michael Smith, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, with whom she helped build various clients’ collections. The duo also co-founded Duke & Duke, a gallery specializing in contemporary design. Both her auction and design expertise have solidified her position as a leader in the contemporary field. Maya attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied Art History and English literature.
Marika E. Kielland
Advisor, Director of London and Special Projects
Joining SFA in 2016, Marika Kielland launched the advisory’s London office. Since graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in Art History, Marika has five years experience with non-profit contemporary art institutions; first as Development Director at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York and then as Deputy Director at LAXART in Los Angeles. As Director of Special Projects, Marika worked on creative fundraising and cultural projects with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and continues this work with the launch of One All Every, SFA’s sustainable production wing. As an advisor at SFA, Marika created the advisory’s European base in London and works on expanding its services in her native Scandinavia and Switzerland.
Advisor, New York and Australia
Rebecca Ryba advises collectors in New York and Australia and serves as Creative Director of SFA’s sustainable production wing, One All Every. She holds an MA in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York, a BFA in Photography from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia, and a Diploma in Graphic Design from Shillington College. Before joining SFA, Rebecca served as Creative Director of A Magazine, an Australian arts and lifestyle magazine in Sydney, and worked in Paris teaching photography. Additionally, she worked with Neville Wakefield, assisting his curatorial endeavors.
Director of Arts Administration
Clare Keaney serves as the Director of Arts Administration. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from New York University and received her BA in History, Art History, and Anthropology from Syracuse University. Her experience in the non-profit and museological setting includes curatorial positions at moca Los Angeles, Public Art Fund, Sculpture Center, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Albert Weaver comes from a fine arts background, having studied painting at UC Santa Cruz where he completed a BA in Studio Art and their post-graduate 5th Year Program. He also studied drawing and painting at the New York Studio School and has an MA in Painting from American University in Washington DC. After completing his masters, Albert taught and managed American University’s undergraduate and graduate study abroad program in Perugia and Rome, Italy as an Artist in Residence. He has extensive knowledge of art handling and logistics due to his experience as Head Preparator and Shipping Manager at major galleries in Los Angeles and New York.
Kara Brooks is the Los Angeles based advisory assistant. She received a BA in Art History and Creative Writing at Oberlin College before pursuing her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market at Christie’s Education New York. Kara worked in the curatorial department at the New Museum and curated an array of independent projects prior to joining SFA.
Assistant Registrar, Art Handler
Ryan Scails is the Assistant Registrar and Art Handler at SFA. He studied both art and design in New York, starting out in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute before finishing his undergraduate degree at Cooper Union with a focus in sculpture and drawing. Since graduation, Ryan has worked within the arts sector as a frame ship registrar, artist assistant, and art handler for private clients, museums, and galleries, alike.
Kirby Kane is the New York based advisory assistant at SFA. She received a BA in Business Management and Studio Art at Rollins College and completed a course in E-Commerce in the Digital Age at the London School of Economics. Prior to joining SFA, she interned at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, an internationally leading art and design gallery in Manhattan, and at Snap! Orlando, a non-profit cultural organization in Central Florida.
Celina d’Abo is an Advisor for SFA and Executive Assistant to founder and principal Lisa Schiff. She holds an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market from Christie’s Education, New York and received her BA in Art History and Theology from Oxford Brookes University, England. Prior to joining SFA, Celina spent time working for a range of galleries including Hauser and Wirth, Studio Voltaire and Voltz Clarke. Celina also previously worked within Christie’s Auction house in the Impressionist and Modern Department in New York. Born in the UK, Celina is based in the London office, but also seeks to expand SFA to her German roots.