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Photo: Maverick Inman 2018

Photo: Maverick Inman 2018

Anya Firestone is the Creative Director and Founder of Firestone Art Strategy.

A native New Yorker, Firestone went to Paris, France in 2010 to participate as an artist-in-residency at Parsons School of Design and was taken by her synergy with the city and it’s cultural heritage. Remaining in France to continue her exploration, she served as an English teacher for the French Ministry of Education and then founded her own Art & Culture tour practice designing and hosting private, customized visits across Paris and its museums, including Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.

In 2014 Firestone returned to New York to serve as the Head of Curation for the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, a public exhibition of 250+ works by artists including Jeff Koons, Marc Quinn, Tracey Emin, Zaha Hadid, RETNA, and Ralph Lauren. After designing unique events across NYC to celebrate the exhibition, Firestone worked alongside Sotheby's New York and Paddle8 to sell the sculptures at a final gala, which raised over $2.5 million dollars for charities Elephant Family and Studio in a School.

Taking public curation to the interior; from 2014-2016 Firestone served as Director of a high-end design gallery, specializing in mid-century and contemporary art furniture. Organizing exhibitions at fairs and auction houses worldwide, including Basel, London, Paris, Miami, and San Francisco, Firestone built a clientele of world-renowned architects, interior designers, and private collectors, while also managing of over fifteen contemporary artists.

In 2015, witnessing the onslaught of art collaborations with contemporary artists—notably in streetwear and high-fashion — Firestone proposed writing an in-depth cultural study on the trend to the lifestyle publication Highsnobiety Magazine. The success of the article lead Firestone to become the magazine’s sole art theorist (read her Articles here). Fusing art history and cultural studies to analyze marketing and contemporary trends, Firestone’s Articles quickly gained the attention of brands and creatives alike, who sought her counsel on how to create meaningful collaborations. Firestone turned her philosophies into practice and created Firestone Art Strategy.

Today, Firestone continues to serve as art critic for Highsnobiety Magazine, and is a contributing author for an upcoming book by Abrams Publishing on a New York-based contemporary artist. She is the recipient of awards for copywriting and poetry, and was the 2017 winner of a branding competition judged by industry experts from Ogilvy and Mather.

Firestone holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University Graduate School in French Cultural Studies, with an expertise in 19th century Decadent Literature and Aesthetic Philosophy, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and English from The George Washington University.

Anya Firestone lives and works in New York City and Paris, France.