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Deborah Iskandar

Deborah Iskandar

Through her art consultancy and gallery ISA Art and Design, Deborah Iskandar plays a vital role in the Indonesian art market while championing female artists and non-traditional art forms

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A gallerist, art collector and seasoned auctioneer, Deborah Iskandar is a key player in the Indonesian art market and a widely respected figure in South-East Asia. She was instrumental in bringing the storied auction house Christie’s to Indonesia in the 1990s, having also worked for Sotheby’s before establishing her own practice.

Today, Iskandar’s gallery ISA Art and Design represents female artists, bringing them to the fore along with artists working with non-traditional media. Iskandar’s singular vision for curating personal collections is backed by her banking and legal background. She also believes in art collecting as a form of support based on personal resonance between artists and their audiences, and not just as mere investment.

In 2013, Iskandar established ISA Art Advisory, an art consultancy focused on high-end corporate and residential projects. Three years later, her online portal for art and design, Indonesian Luxury, was born. It is a curated database of art galleries, artists, architects, interior designers, and luxurious furniture and products in Indonesia.

Iskandar is an American who studied in Texas and Alabama before moving to Indonesia in 1991.

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At 26, Iskandar began collecting art while working as a finance lawyer. She went on to collect non-conformist art from the former Soviet Union, which fuelled her love for non-traditional art.

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