Tod Michael Volpe’s ability to generate quantifiable trendsetting opportunities within art markets and media is unparalleled. From New York to Los Angeles, Europe to the Middle East, Tod has not only mastered the present-day art world, he played a leading role in creating it. Through his exclusive consulting services in art investment strategies, art law, and media, Tod delivers nearly forty years of expertise to both individuals and corporations.
Dubbed “The Oracle” by Vogue magazine and awarded for his contributions to the Arts by The Vice President, Tod has consistently produced tangible results. A true pioneer, Tod spearheaded the development of the art scene in world-renowned New York City art district SoHo, introduced world-class art and established art collections among Hollywood’s elite, educated and furnished European Museums and residences of seminal European figures with American Decorative Art, and established Dubai as an essential international locale for Western art exhibitions and fairs.
Tod’s vision, acumen and experience enable him to foresee and utilize market opportunities. His savvy and intuitive use of media, exemplified by the hit movie Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?, which he both co-starred in and co-created, empowers him to selectively promote, market, and create a genuine fervor around a piece of art, a collection, or a concept.
Tod’s memoir “Framed”, about his life in the art world, is now being adapted as a major feature film. The screenplay is written by Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning writer Terrance Winter (“Wolf of Wall Street”, “Board Walk Empire”, “The Sopranos”).
Whether you are a company or private investor looking to acquire works of art, an individual or legal firm seeking guidance through the inner-workings of the art world, possess a collection or specialty item in need of promotion and marketing, or seek an expert media consultant, Tod’s unique approach creates groundbreaking results.
MEET THE TEAM
TOD VOLPE, Chief Executive Officer
Tod Volpe’s expertise in art connoisseurship and market investments is unsurpassed. After graduating with honors from New York University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, he established a renowned ‘theatre of art’, rediscovering lost masterpieces, bringing them to the public’s attention, and becoming tastemaker to hundreds of celebrities, VIP’s, collectors and supporters of the arts.
Nicknamed ‘The Oracle’ by Vogue magazine for his unique talent in discovering unappreciated treasures, Tod served as an advisor to some of the most culturally influential people of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries such as Malcolm Forbes, former governor Mario Cuomo, Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Terry Semel (former CEO of Yahoo and Warner Brothers Studio), Joel Silver, Arlene and Robert Kogod, Bob Daly, Max Palevsky (collection permanently housed in Los Angeles County Museum of Art), William and Marcia Goodman (collection permanently housed in the Cooper Hewitt Museum), and many more (see museum, Hollywood, private and corporate collections).
Tod was also instrumental in developing the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including the Decorative Arts, turn of the century period rooms, and the sculpture court. His expertise was invaluable in bringing American Art, for the first time, to top European museums, such as The Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum, and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. The book “Treasures of the American Arts and Crafts Movement” published by renowned art book publisher, Thames and Hudson, celebrates his pioneering work on the style he made famous.
Tod was invited to the White House by the Vice President in recognition of his contribution to the arts and became one of the leading authorities in art and identifying current market trends.
LUCIA KAISER, Ambassador
Lucia Kaiser is a multiple Emmy award-winning producer, “Pioneer of the Arts” recipient, honored humanitarian and international powerbroker. Her celebrated career in the entertainment industry has spanned over forty years, and solidified her as a top insider with a contact base second to none.
Lucia began with a lengthy tenure on The Tonight Show as the program’s first woman executive and the show’s publicist and talent coordinator. She went on to co-found “Venus Advertising”, the first all-woman ad agency in New York City. Then, as president of The Studio Film Exchange in New York, she earned the industry’s highest accolades for producing documentary films that also made a strong social contribution. Lucia went on to become the President of Bruce Lee’s distribution company, marketing his films worldwide.
Lucia has also raised millions of dollars for a multitude of humanitarian projects including her role as Chairperson of the Democratic Party during her many years in Hawaii. As co-founder of the national radio program “You Can Make A Difference”, she propelled the program to receive recognition by President George Bush as part of the “Points of Light” program and brought charities together internationally, raising millions.
Her high-profile friends and cohorts span the globe, reaching into some of the most powerful and influential circles on the planet. As a valued member of the highest social circles on the East Coast and in Europe, Kaiser has developed close personal friendships with such well-known personalities as President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Larry King, Prince Aly Khan, the Royal Families of England, Jordan, Spain, Denmark, Germany and Nepal, Prince Alwaleed, , Prince Bandar, The Khassoggi Family, Prince Albert, Oprah Winfrey, Dionne Warwick, “P” Diddy, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Don Ohlmeyer (NBC), Richard Parsons (AOL Time Warner), Ted Turner, Tony Christopher (Landmark Entertainment) and many more. Lucia has also established direct connections to the NBA, NFL and close ties to the Forbes 500 Foundation and many Fortune 500 companies.
ROANNA MARTIN-TRIGONA, Advisor
Roanna Martin-Trigona has extensive experience in international business management, international politics, media branding, and public relations. Her work with high level media outlets, celebrities, political figures, and the arts, coupled with full fluency in French, Italian, Spanish and English, brings a wealth of cultural, financial and business acumen to TMV Enterprises.
In the art world, Roanna’s public relations and marketing skills brought her together with top players in the art business. As managing director for renowned art dealer, George Mathysen-Gerst, she spearheaded fine art research, promotion and sales for both his New York and Geneva offices while supervising private treaties with Sotheby’s, Christies, and other international auction houses. She developed media campaigns for internationally acclaimed artists and photographers, securing interviews with news outlets such as NPR, CNN, New York Times, and Vanity Fair. She also organized major art exhibitions for such notable celebrities in the New York art scene such as Peter Beard, “Exhibit A Gallery”, Soho, New York City.
With a strong background in international conference planning, Roanna has played an integral part with Messengers of Peace, a Goodwill Ambassadors program to the United Nations, and supported the efforts of key public figures such as Kofi Annan, Muhammad Ali, Michael Douglas, Harry Belafonte, and Sir Peter Ustinov as a fundraising coordinator.
With her legal expertise, she has served as a research associate to Ambassador Richard N. Gardner and Henry L Moses, assistant to the former U.S. Ambassador to Spain under Bill Clinton, the former U.S. Ambassador to Italy under Carter, and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Democratic Party.
Roanna has also been a media relations supervisor for Carlo de Benedetti of Olivetti, Marella and Gianni Agnelli, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, the Trilateral Commission, Foreign Policy Association, UN Association Commission on Remote Sensing, ICBMs and Star Wars, Salzburg Seminar and Coudert Brothers.
She has also been a speechwriter for Democratic Presidential hopefuls Al Gore, Walter Mondale, Geraldine Ferraro, Mario Cuomo and Michael Dukakis.
Her education includes a MA from the University of Colorado; Linguistics; BA Tufts University and Jackson College with degrees in Language, Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics, and Geneva’s Association Internationale d’ Interpretes de Conference, bi-lingual studies at Georgetown University with degrees in French, Spanish, Italian and English Interpretation and Translation. Roanna was also enrolled in the United Nations Graduate Student Intern Program.
CONSTANCE SCHWARTZ, Advisor
For over 25 years, Constance Schwartz has been a prominent figure in the art world. With her strong business acumen and background in fine art as a museum director, chief curator and art historian, Ms. Schwartz has become a leading international fine art advisor to museums, galleries, and private collectors.
For more than 20 years, Ms. Schwartz had been the Director and Chief Curator of the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, one of the most important regional museums in the country. As Director, Ms. Schwartz has been involved in all phases of museum activity: administration, curatorial, education, fund raising – both private and public – as well as community and program development. As Chief Curator, Ms. Schwartz curated and mounted more than 80 major exhibitions ranging from themes embracing Old Masters to cutting edge contemporary art including the research and writing of catalogue essays accompanying each exhibition. Ms. Schwartz supervised curatorial teams, registrars, art handlers, exhibition designers, traveling exhibitions, and has overseen the development and expansion of the Museum’s permanent collection. As a Guest Curator, Ms. Schwartz curated a Louis Comfort Tiffany exhibition for the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi California and an exhibition on the Avant-Garde for Hofstra University.
Throughout her career, Ms. Schwartz has been requested to lend her expertise in various phases of the art field including guest lecturing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Heckscher Museum, Hofstra University, Molloy College, Ronald Reagan Library, and others. She has been a celebrated guest lecturer on radio and television channels such as NBC, CBS, Channel 21 and Cablevision, and interviewed by a multiple of magazines and newspapers, including a major highlight cover story for Newsday. Ms. Schwartz continues to be one of the most sought after guest lecturers in New York. Ms. Schwartz has also been a published Art Reviewer and Critic for newspapers and art magazines covering such artists as Chagall, Degas, Monet, Fernand Leger, Courbet, Miro, Dali, Basquiat, Botero, Julian Schnabel, Lee Krasner, Louise Nevelson, Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O’Keeffe, Picasso, Braque, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, others. Ms. Schwartz has been recognized by national and local political leaders and received awards for her outstanding work within the art world and her strong support of Arts in Education. At the request of Mobuto Sese Seke, the head of the government of Zaire in the Congo region of Africa, Ms. Schwartz worked with the then Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Hoving, establishing The Mobuto Sese Seke Foundation at the Museum with matched significant donations from the country of Zaire spreading knowledge of Zairian art in the United States. Ms. Schwartz has also been invited to be part of a think tank for a new Masters of Arts and Science programs at New York Institute of Technology. She has also been invited to be a Guest Teacher of Museum Administration and Curatorial Activities at St. John’s University.
Based on her background in the art field, Ms. Schwartz’s vast knowledge in art and relationships with collectors, galleries and museums, and has developed a following in the commercial art world. Beginning in 2012, she has been representing master art works ranging from $100,000 to $60,000,000 and is renowned for her knowledge, integrity and consummate business acumen. Offering a keen insight into the fine art world as to investment, estate planning, and value of art, has resulted in a constant development of strong lasting relationships with museums, galleries, artist and private collectors.