BARBARA FARAHNICK-MATHONET President & Founder

Barbara is the Founder and President of The Art Circle.

She is an ambassador for Abu Dhabi Art fair and is committed to the local music community, with POLLEN, a charitable venture which aims to provide a platform for young aspiring musicians residing in the UAE. She is also the Chairwoman of the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg) Business Council.

Before that she worked for more than 20 years for Chanel France cosmetics as a regional Sales Manager. Previously, she worked for Estee Lauder as a Sales Manager for 3 years.

Barbara is a Belgian citizen; she has lived many years in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and now since 2012 in Abu Dhabi.

She has developed a passion for art, having been raised in an art environment, with her grandmother, her father and her brother owning art galleries. Her sister is a gifted Belgian art designer.

From her education, experiences and the diversity of countries she has lived in, Barbara has built her art collection which reflects her interest and attachment to multi-cultural environment and diversity.