VVA VirginiaVisualArts Ltd
Virginia Damtsa, Director of VVA VirginiaVisualArts Ltd. is an Art Dealer, Art Gallerist and Artist Agent with experience spanning two decades.
At the age of sixteen, Damtsa entered the art market to help her uncle to open the Museum of Alekos K. Damtsa, in The Art Centre Giorgio de Chirico. While she was studying her Master's degrees in Art Management at the University of the Arts and Contemporary Art at Sotheby's, she converted her apartment into a gallery showcasing emerging artists and curated several exhibitions in her space, other galleries and pop-up spaces.
From 2004-2017, she co-owned with composer and writer Tot Taylor, Riflemaker London, a contemporary art gallery housed in a historic gunmaker's workshop off Regent Street. Built in 1712, it is one of the oldest public buildings in the West End of London. She lectured at Christie's at the Master's degree in Art, Law and Business.
Damtsa, who co- founded iconic gallery Riflemaker, counts Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran and Michael Seresin, cinematographer of Harry Potter, amongst her collectors. Annie Lennox has also been a long-standing enthusiast of the gallery’s representation of visionary powerful artists.
Damtsa curated several exhibitions with emerging and established artists such as Martin Kippenberger and Maria Papamitriou, Judy Chicago, Takis, Yoko Ono, William S. Burroughs, Liliane Lijn, Penelope Slinger, Gavin Turk, Chris Levine, Christopher Bucklow, John Maeda, Julie Verhoeven, Ralph Ziman, Conrad Shawcross, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz and many others.
In 2018, she founded VirginiaVisualArts, a gallery/agency that manages more than fifty artists.