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.
ANDREA GRUMBACH, President
Andrea Grumbach has skillfully spearheaded and closed multi-million dollar deals in the arts and entertainment, real estate, IT, and alternative energy. She has travelled extensively around the globe, including having lived in Rome, Italy for six years, speaks multiple languages, and holds a Master of Arts degree.
Andrea’s keen analysis, negotiation and communication skills, and global promotion and marketing prowess have produced remarkable results among multiple industry platforms. Among her many recent achievements have been the sale of great works by leading artist of the 19th and 20th centuries. She is also currently involved with the development of the feature film Framed, based on Tod Volpe’s mémoire and screenplay by Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning writer, Terence Winter. Prior to her entrée to the art world, she partnered with a leading US Mortgage Banker to raise $50 million for real estate investment projects, buying homes and renovating them to become eco-friendly energy efficient, and recruited the Founder and President of New York’s Solar Energy Society as an on-board consultant.
During her time in Italy, Andrea facilitated negotiations between Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Italian Ministry of Defense on the sale of American fighter planes and Italian adaptation of US communication systems. She was also directly involved in securing a 3.5 Billion hotel investment in the Bahamas and worked with leading government and public officials, and businessmen in the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the United States to develop an array of additional successful investment projects, often exceeding fundraising objectives.
Andrea’s extensive travel experience and work as an international business liaison with senators, ambassadors, dignitaries and accomplished CEOs have honed her extraordinary talent in cross-cultural communication, and further developed her innate ability to open doors, and structure and close important deals around the world. Her work has often focused on business with a social conscience, as she believes contribution to the greater good of culture and society is the best investment.
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.
ROANNA MARTIN-TRIGONA, Ambassador
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.