Catherine Testorf launched her gallery S Artspace Gallery in 2012 on the back of a mission to introduce emerging international artists, from lesser known regions of the world. From the more remote Caribbean islands, to emerging artists in the Middle and Far East, to talented new comers in Eastern Europe.
One of Catherine’s main interests is to discover the movement of art in the context of globalization and cultural diversities. Furthermore, she is fascinated by how historical heritage, political conflicts and religious influences impact on the contemporary art markets today. In her Lower East side gallery, at the crossroads of NoLita, SoHo and Chinatown, she finds herself immersed within the cosmopolitan public, in an environment populated by different art expressions, such as music, fashion and dance. Her goal is to encourage free expression, creativity and to open the art world to neophytes. Another mission for S Artspace is to collaborate with International galleries, in order to show undiscovered artists to the NY art scene.
Prior to opening the gallery, Catherine has worked for over ten years in the private banking sector in Switzerland. At which time, she directly managed large influential clients, investing in the global market place. It was during this period, that she realized the importance of art, as an appreciating investment. In 1998, Catherine moved to New York and embarked on her new career, in Public Relations, followed shortly afterwards by establishing a thriving art business. Catherine lives in Westchester with her husband Michael, two boys, Vincent and Julian, and their dog Sammy. Travel, discovering new cultures and meeting creative people, all give Catherine real inspiration!