Founder & Director
An art advisor and gallerist, Claudio Scorretti has managed in quality of project manager and curator over 12 international art projects for the Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection. He spent 15 years in New York working in the field of contemporary art, avant-garde theatre and cultural projects, and since his return in Europe he has been working as art advisor for private collectors and public and private institutions, consultant for auction houses and lecturer in seminars on contemporary art and investment, enriching his interests in researching on the relation between arts and investment on the emerging markets. In this perspective and in the intent to extend his research on Eastern Europe, in 2009 he founded a gallery in Bucharest, D’Ancona Budis Art Gallery, which has been relaunched as Estopia in 2018 in Bucharest and Lugano.
An independent curator and cultural promoter, with a PhD in Eugène Ionesco’s work, Irina Ungureanu has coordinated a series of international art projects for the Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection in South East Europe. She has curated shows for Romanian and international artists, authored texts focused on contemporary art and organized art events aimed to showcase Eastern artists on the international art scene. Estopia, a “manifesto for the East as a creative phenomenon”, is a project she believes can open new opportunities for artists of the region to access the global art market.
Edwin Hughes Scorretti
With an Italo-french background, raised in Switzerland and being exposed to an international environment from a young age, Edwin Hughes Scorretti started developing a passion for Contemporary Art early on. Having spent the last few years going to the major European fairs and events, he quickly understood that he wanted to make a career out of it. Currently finishing his Bachelor in Hospitality Management at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, he was added to the Artistic Direction of Estopia in 2018. At the age of 21, he already lived in a few of the major European cities, giving him a background of the Berlin, Paris, Milan, Rome, Geneva and Lugano Art scenes. This only accrued his interest and dedication to the cause of showcasing emerging artists with real talent.