Simi Launay

CEO & Founder

Simi Launay was educated as an economist at Queen Mary University in London and trained as a head-hunter whilst nurturing a passion for the arts. Launay is a collector and artist, collecting works by Cheri Samba, Moke, Steve Bandoma and Phillipe Pasqua as well as ancient African sculptures. As a practicing artist, inspired by her own cultural duality, Launay gained commissions for her portraits, but experienced difficulty when approaching galleries for representation. In 2017 Launay moved from London to Cascais, Portugal where the idea for Ungalleried was conceived.

Simi Launay
CEO & Founder

Sandra Krich

Gallery Manager

Sandra Krich is originally from Lisbon and has a BA in History of Art and a Masters in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art from the University of Lisbon. Krich deciding she wanted to pursue her career in curation went on to a Curator course at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon. She gained experience through an internship she completed alongside the chief curator of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, home to an international collection of artworks and has continued to curate and write, with articles published in Portugal, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Krich has also taught History of Art at Maryland University College Europe.

Sandra Krich
Gallery Manager

Helena Dias

Gallery Operations Manager

Helena Dias holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, a Master’s degree in Management and an Executive Masters in Strategic Human Resources. Helena is the Gallery Operations Manager at Ungalleried, where she assists in running processes smoothly and implementing priority projects within the business. One of her particular skills includes determining organizational knowledge requirements and fill the gaps. More recently, Helena has also worked as a freelance copywriter for tech start-ups from different countries.

Helena Dias
Gallery Operations Manager

Marta Antunes

Gallery Assistant

Marta Antunes is originally from Lisbon and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Comunication Design and is currently writing her master’s thesis on Criticism, Curatorship and Art Theory, both from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon. She previously worked as a cultural mediator in MAAT (Museu de Arte, Arquictetura e Tecnologia) in Lisbon. Her passions lie in education, art and comunication.
Marta Antunes
Gallery Assistant

Manuela Pacella

Chief Curator

Manuela Pacella is a freelance art curator and writer based between Rome and Helsinki. She completed her MA in Contemporary Art at “La Sapienza” University of Rome and obtained her certification as Contemporary Art Historian at the Specialization School of the University of Siena. For years, Manuela has collaborated in the establishment of artist’s archives and worked for emerging artists, private galleries and public institutions, such as the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea and the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, carrying out various duties as art historian and researcher. 

Manuela Pacella
Chief Curator

Jesi Khadivi

House Curator

Jesi Khadivi is an independent curator, writer, and editor based in Berlin. Over the course of nearly fifteen years, Jesi has been active in the arts from directing an independent project space in Berlin, editing an interdisciplinary arts journal in Mexico City, working as a curator at an American non-profit institution, to working with commercial brick and mortar galleries in Europe. The commonality that has linked Jesi’s work in such diverse contexts has been an unwavering artist-centric approach.
Jesi Khadivi
House Curator

Claudia Preza

House curator

Claudia Preza is a curator whose collection for Ungalleried highlights a variety of artists working with new and traditional techniques in mixed media, photography, printmaking, paint, and other mediums. As a curator, she strives to promote and augment the voice of the artists she works with. The artworks of each artist have been chosen to incorporate the identity of the artists—each piece represents the artist's voice. Furthermore, the collection offers a balanced combination of the classical and the innovative, with selections from artists in the United States and Mexico border region.
Claudia Preza
House curator

Marija Radosavljevic

House Curator

Marija Radosavljević is a curator from Belgrade, Serbia, where she initially completed her studies in Photography at the Faculty of Applied Arts, Department of Applied Graphics. Marija has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, both in her hometown as well as abroad. Besides creating content, Marija works as an art director on various projects, curates for local magazines and international galleries, and participates in workshops and lectures on the local contemporary scene. Currently, she is between Tokyo, Belgrade and New York.

Marija Radosavljevic
House Curator