Shanyan Koder developed a passion for fine art from a young age. Coming from a family of private collectors, Shanyan's knowledge of the art world was built over two decades of collecting for her family collection, as well as for her own private collection.
An art world entrepreneur, Shanyan has had several businesses in the art world. Over the last decade, Shanyan has had the pleasure of providing a tailored and independent fine art service to new and established collectors. She provides assistance in sourcing and selling art works, as well as building and maintaining art collections. Shanyan advises across Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art, and has collected and placed works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Jean Michel Basquiat, Marc Quinn, Damien Hirst, Zeng Fanzhi, Takashi Murakami, and Andy Warhol, amongst many others.
As a respected member of the international art world, Shanyan has served as a Council Member of the Serpentine Galleries and a member of the women-only Artemis Council of the New Museum of New York. Shanyan is also on the Advisory Board of Unit London, an emerging contemporary art gallery in London. Shanyan is delighted to have joined the Advisory Council of Eye of the Collector, an alternative to the traditional art fair launching in central London, which launched in September 2021.
Shanyan has long been an advocate of using the technological advances of the digital age as a means of enabling cross-continental fine art acquisitions and collecting. As fine art moves into the crypto space, Shanyan recently became a Brand Ambassador for the world’s first decentralised mobile NFT social platform, Artemis Market. To celebrate their partnership, Artemis minted Shanyan’s first NFT series, titled Remember Me Like This. Shanyan hopes her partnership with Artemis will encourage more crossover collecting between traditional fine art and NFT art going forward.
Shanyan, as an expert in art, what is your current most favourite work and why?
My favourite piece from my collection has to be my Damien Hirst Butterfly painting that hangs in my London residence. It is from his Kaleidescope Butterfly series, and is made entirely out of real butterfly wings. The wings are arranged in such a way that is reminiscent of a stained-glass window in a cathedral or church. It is no surprise that it is titled Eden, given the biblical references of the composition and colours. It is an absolute delight to view the painting; the display of colours by the natural beauty of the butterfly wings is a celebration of Mother Nature and the beauty of natural science and natural history itself. I love how the painting is subtle yet powerful reminder of the beauty of life, and the beauty of death.
As an insider’s tip: name us a contemporary artist we should invest in right now?
There are so many “investable” artists right now! The art market is on fire and artists have been so inspired to create new work in the last couple of years. I currently love Cydne Jasmine Colby, a Bahamian female artist. Her work is powerful, vibrant and celebrates the female identity in today’s world .
Tell us a little about Artemis Market and your role within this platform?
I’m delighted to have been asked to be the First Brand Ambassador for Artemis Market. It’s a very exciting new NFT social platform, in fact, it is the world’s first decentralised NFT mobile social platform. Artemis will be the first platform in the world launching on a mobile platform with a social community such as Instagram all in one place - on top of that they are launching NFTs with real world utility and believe that these will have true sustainability in the long run. I created the NFTs and agreed to partner with Artemis Market as their Brand Ambassador partly to satisfy my creative desire to create something for the Metaverse ( because how exciting is that ! ) and partly to see if I can also help influence more people in the established art world to further open their minds and enter the Metaverse as well.
Do you have a personal art collection? What is your most prized piece?
I have a deep spiritual and emotional connection with most of the artists in my family’s collection and my own collection. When I was a child, my family collection started off purely in the Impressionist period - we collected works by Renoir, Pissarro, Monet, Degas. We then moved on to collecting the Post-Impressionists and Modern masters - Chagall, Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso. As I became more prominent in representing the family collection we continued to move on through the art movements. We added the Surrealists - Dali, Magritte. We added some prominent Chinese modern masters, Chen Yifei, Sanyu. And now, we have moved further into collecting Contemporary Masters such as Warhol and Basquiat. I love how my family collection continues to evolve, it makes it always so interesting and dynamic. All of these artists have a special place in my heart.
As we are a fashion magazine: which trend do you foresee in the future?
I would like to see more fashion and fine art collaborations. There is so much beauty in art and to translate that into fashion has always inspired me.
Styling: David Cochrane
Styling Assistant: Elle Cheek
Makeup: Joey Choy
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Producer: Mariella Ruiz de Somocurcio
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Model: Shanyan Koder