Cynthia (Valianti) Corbett, American by birth and London resident, is the Director of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, an international contemporary art gallery which has an annual exhibition programme in London, Los Angeles and New York. The Gallery also participates in prestigious Art Fairs internationally.
Cynthia trained as an art historian at Christie’s Education before launching her gallery in 2004. Prior to this, she had a high profile career as an international economist, specialising in emerging markets, and was the architect and founder of the debt conversion plans for most of Sub-Saharan Africa in the 1980s
Cynthia (Valianti) Corbett has an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and Harvard Universities, whose notable alumni include Lord Michael Dobbs (House of Cards fame), ambassadors from many countries, former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, Shashi Tharoor and the President of the Juilliard School, Joseph Polisi. She still attends Tufts Alumni reunions and programmes internationally.
Since opening her gallery, Cynthia’s original stable of artists have all established successful careers. However, Cynthia still enjoys the process of identifying trends and supporting fledging careers and with this in mind launched The Young Masters Art Prize in 2009, a unique not-for-profit initiative which gives a platform to both emerging and established artists who pay homage to the skill and innovation of the Old Masters and art of the past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramic Prize for artists working in ceramics. The fourth edition of Young Masters will take place in 2017 with judges including art historian Godfrey Barker and Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, Charles Saumarez Smith.
Cynthia Corbett is a founding and Board member of the Association of Women Art Dealers, member of The Arts Club, The Norwood Club in NYC, House of St Barnabas and is a Patron of the Royal Academy of Arts, the Tate, the Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Camden Arts Centre and the Met Breuer in New York.