Hélène Yubero begins her career in photography. In parallel with her work as a photographer, she launches her first gallery in the 90s to accompany the work of young Swiss and French artists. Her photographic work, in universes as diverse as antiques, classical and contemporary painting, jewelry, fashion and portrait forms her eye. Her long-lasting collaboration with one of the most reputable ancient arts dealer builds her vision and allows her to relate the hidden meaning of contemporary artists works to the evolution of art history, giving her a very personal vision and perspective.
Hélène Yubero is also Art Purchasing Consultant for international clients who wish to acquire or sell contemporary or classical works.
The selection of artists she proposes with Francois Russo is the reflection of this long time journey in the universe of artistic creation. It clarifies the link between classical art and contemporary creation and combines with a geographical transversality. Mixing cultures therefore enlightens the various cultural heritages of the artists. Her eye focuses first on talent and eclecticism, establishing dialogues between European, American and Asian creators, thus reflecting the evolution of art creation of the 21st century.
Francois Russo graduates from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), France’s most prestigious business school, and begins his career as the assistant of Cartier General Manager, where he is instrumental in creating the Institut Supérieur du Marketing de Luxe (Advanced Institute of Luxury Marketing) in 1989. After a brief stint at L'Oréal, Russo, then only 25, is appointed International Director of the French Mint, (La Monnaie de Paris), where he starts his collaboration with contemporary artists, plasticians and designers, from Jean-Loup Sieff to Andrée Putman, Jean Larivière, César, Garouste & Bonetti and Valerio Adami, to name a few. In 1995, he joins Havas Advertising where he coordinates consulting and design initiatives for famous luxury brands, before turning to creative management and establishing his own Art Direction and Design Agency. At this time he starts seriously collecting contemporary art.
Focused by then entirely on design and professional photography, he partners with design legend Andrée Putman, his friend of twenty years, as co-president and creative director of her studio. Their first project together, the Guerlain Flagship on Champs Elysées in Paris, opens in 2003 to critical acclaim. Following this success came a series of projects encompassing all aspects of design: hotels, boutiques as well as private residences and estates worldwide, corporate headquarters, in which Russo introduces the work of contemporary artists while working with Andrée Putman on furniture, houseware and special creations for brands such as Christofle, Louis Vuitton, Chivas, Montblanc, and even a piano for Pleyel. In 2008, Francois Russo designs the internationally acclaimed Helleu Chair for the prestigious Italian furniture group Poltrona Frau as an homage to Jacques Helleu. It is the very first chair to be entirely made with a seamless structure in Corian. Francois Russo launches in Thailand the luxury leather boutique brand Maison Takuya in 2008 while pursuing his passion as an art collector and patron.
His partnership with Hélène Yubero comes as a natural step in his quest to reveal hidden talents originating from Asia, and his eye is revealed throughout his personal collection gathering over 500 artworks from Western and Asian artists, from Louise Bourgeois to Antoni Tapies, Ellsworth Kelly, Takuro Kuwata, Kaws, Bram Van Velde, Lucio Fontana, Roman Opalka, Jean-Pierre Pincemin or Takashi Murakami. He is now working on the opening of his own Museum dedicated to Contemporary Art in Thailand where he resides when not in Switzerland.