About Us

Very Private Gallery

 

  • We aim to help artists make a living from art
  • We are based in Madrid, Spain
  • We offer an artist residency program in Madrid and Alicante, Spain (currently on hold due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions)
  • We create content that helps artists grow. You can find articles on our blog, and videos on YouTube.
  • We offer art and business-related consulting and coaching. All our offerings are available on Patreon.

 

The team

Mo Li

Co-founder

Master in Business Administration, Film Production, 10 years experience as art producer, 3 years experience in IPR.

Education

  • BA in Film Production, Central Academy of Drama, China
  • MA in Film Studies, University of Sydney, Australia
  • MA in European Law, Hochschule Bremen, Germany
  • MBA, IE Business School, Spain

With a BA from theatre school in Film and TV Production, Mo was well-connected to the many emerging artists in the art scene in Beijing. Inspired, she went to study curatorship and creative writing at the University of Sydney, then worked as a photographer, filmmaker and communication consultant across Asia. In addition to her professional practice, she continued to produce and participate in projects with artists, such as one with Chinese performance artist Li Wei.

Focus

Youtube for artists, photographing your art, sales channels for artists.

Spoken languages

Chinese, English, Spanish and French

Expertise

Sales channels for artists, art entrepreneurship, content marketing, art merchandising.

“Growing up in a family of artists I saw how my parents struggled to provide for us. I knew I did not want to become an artist and repeat my parents’ struggles. So I went to study filmmaking, European law and business administration in order to arm myself before facing the great uncertainty that is “The Art World.” With five degrees in hand, I realised my real mission is to help other artists survive and strive. This is my role in the art world.”

art business coach - Mo Li

Photo 1 and 2 credit: Brett Hastie

Greg Bot

Co-founder

Master in Fine Arts, 16 years as a communication specialist in art

Education

  • BFA & MFA, Villa Arson, France

Ever since he was a child, Greg was passionate about painting and drawing. At the age of 24, he graduated from Villa Arson, one of the most prestigious Fine Art academies in France. An experience as a young artist made him realize how little artists know about the real world of art that exists behind the creative side. Thus, instead of focusing on a career as an artist, Greg chose an alternative path. He dove into an area that is woefully neglected in art school: the business of art. He participated and organized exhibitions in China, Australia, France and most recently in Spain. He worked for several art fairs and galleries as a digital strategist.

Focus

Art history, art market, social media for artists, website and SEO for art, art galleries

Spoken languages

French, English and Spanish.

Expertise

Social media for artists, SEO for art, growth hacking, Visual Identity, styles and trends online

Last article

SEO for artists

“After graduating from a prestigious fine art school in France, I tried very hard to succeed as a contemporary artist, following the model I had been taught. I invested all my money and time into an exhibition that never materialised. I was left broke and furious, with nothing to show for all my hard work. It was also one of the most important lessons of my life and brought me to my true calling. I spent the following decade working as an art communication and marketing professional around the world. With those experiences, I am now ready to share what I have learnt to change the lives of emerging artists and to hopefully avoid anyone repeating my fledgling mistakes. Basically, I want to be the person I needed to meet when I first tried to be a professional artist.”

art business coach - Greg Bot

Christine O’Donnell

Partner

Master in Art History (expected 2022), Master in Arts in Teaching, B.A. French

Education

  • M.A. in Art History, Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, expected 2022
  • M.A. Teaching (French), Tufts University, Somerville, MA
  • BA in French, College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA

Christine O’Donnell is the owner and director of Beacon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. She founded this social-justice focused gallery in 2017 after over a decade spent living and working in Paris, Hong Kong, and Singapore. While living abroad, Christine honed her eye for art in museums and galleries and also befriended local artists.
She brings the perspective of both an educator and someone working as a gallery owner and director to all the work she does as a consultant.

Focus

Business with art galleries, gallery management and strategic planning.

Spoken languages

English, French, conversational Spanish

Expertise

Christine’s knowledge spans art history through to hard-won real-life business experience. She can consult on questions as diverse as cross-cultural communications, the U.S. art market, growing gallery and artist business through traditional and online means, as well as her passion, the intersection of social justice and the art world.

Last article

How to get your art in a gallery

Christine O'Donnell Beacon Gallery Boston