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Alya Poplawsky / Director


Alya Poplawsky has a comprehensive background in both the academic and commercial aspects of the art world.

Her art education includes an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (New York City) and the University of Manchester (London), having written an award-winning dissertation on Latin American art in the US (“From Museum to Market”). She holds a BA from Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida) in Latin American and Caribbean studies with minors in art history and Spanish, and completed studies in art conservation and art history at Trinity College (Rome), studying with one of the lead conservators at the Vatican.

While living in New York City, Poplawsky worked with artists and collectors as an art consultant and advisor. Her hands-on involvement also includes four years of museum experience, the latest as Curator of Education and Special Projects at Cornell Fine Arts Museum (Winter Park, Florida) — the youngest curator in the museum’s history. In addition, she brings an international perspective to the marketplace, and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian.

As co-founder of AK Art with Katy Bakker in 2010 and an acquisitions specialist, Poplawsky focuses on fostering ties with prospects and clients in the market for modern, contemporary or emerging art, and educating them and the larger community on collecting philosophies, the acquisition process, and investment strategy.

She maintains a highly active role in scouting the art market by attending events such as art fairs, gallery shows, museum exhibitions, and major market events such as Art Basel Miami Beach, Frieze (New York, London) and The Armory Show (New York). In addition, she tracks market and cultural trends in art, and interacts with key figures in the art world, all in order to serve clients’ interests and needs as buyers and collectors.


Katy Bakker / Director


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