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About Our Team

UGallery was imagined and launched by Alex Farkas and joined by his tech-savvy sweetheart Leah Drake, ebullient art advisor Samantha Greene, and his mother and artist Carol Wittner.

Alex

Alex Farkas, Gallery Director

Alex enjoyed a small town childhood in the old mining town of Jerome, Arizona - there were more ghosts than residents and the arts community thrived. It was his mother’s ceramic studio and gallery that first nurtured Alex’s taste in art. He spent his early years carving wood sculptures, exploring abandoned buildings, and avoiding the rattlesnakes and centipedes under every rock.

At the University of Arizona, Alex loved studying art history and sculpture, and he also enrolled in the Entrepreneurship program. It was here he realized he could combine the two worlds of art and business. Graduating in 2006, Alex launched UGallery using his entire savings. After a few years, he packed up a truck and moved to San Francisco to join its vibrant art market where he runs the business today.

Alex has curated the UGallery portfolio since its inception, hosted booths at the New York Affordable Art Fair for over 8 years, and seen UGallery featured in dozens of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, and TechCrunch.

Alex

Samantha Greene, Art Advisor

Samantha may be the most personable art advisor in the entire industry. Seriously. One of our long-time clients jokingly wrote us, “[We] have been great fans of Samantha’s since our first inquiry and subsequent purchases. UGallery isn’t too bad either.”

Combining her academic background and a deep love of art, Samantha brings sheer joy to the art buying experience. She grew up in Menlo Park, California and remembers loving art from a young age. She studied Art History with a focus in Greek Antiquities at Boston University, and continued her education with a Masters in Art Business at Sotheby's in London. After graduating, she interviewed for positions at several bay area galleries but was put off by the seemingly pretentious nature of the business and worried that she may not actually fit the art world. On her last interview attempt, she happened to walk into the UGallery office and found a welcoming team. That was back in 2012! Today, Samantha is the face of the company. Reach out with a question, and you’ll see her art knowledge in action. Either she’ll find an artwork that you love, or help you commission a custom piece.

Alex

Leah Drake, Marketing and Tech

Leah has been on this art-filled journey with Alex since before he launched UGallery in 2006, holding late night strategy sessions and working art fair booths. After moving to San Francisco with Alex, Leah was a high-school science teacher at two SF schools and then spent three years as a software developer at The RealReal and Sonder. In 2019, Alex finally was able to convince Leah to join the team, and they love running a family business together. Leah holds degrees in Biology and Spanish from ASU and a Masters in Teaching from the University of San Francisco.

Alex

Carol Wittner, Curator

Carol curates the art selection with Alex on a weekly basis. She elevates the collection with her background as an award-winning ceramic artist and decades of experience running her own fine arts and crafts gallery. Her influence on UGallery’s collection goes far back to before the gallery existed. As Alex’s mother, it was her gallery, Sky Fire, that first sparked Alex’s taste in art. During her 33 years running the business, Sky Fire was included in Sunset magazine’s Best of the West and regularly included in Fodor’s annual guides as a must-see destination in Arizona. Additionally, she spent many years working as a visual merchandiser in the gift industry, with clients including the Hollywood Bowl. In 2008, she sold Sky Fire and now loves spending quality time with Alex curating artworks for UGallery each week.

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We Are Honored to Have Been Featured In…

New York Times
Vogue
Art in America
  • ABC News
  • American
  • Apartment Therapy
  • Arizona Daily Star
  • ArtTactic
  • Barron’s
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Chicago Tribune
  • CNN
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Crain’s New York Business
  • Emily Henderson
  • Entrepreneur
  • Esquire
  • Forbes
  • Glamour
  • GQ
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • InStyle
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Marie Claire
  • Martha Stewart Weddings
  • MSN
  • MSN Living
  • Real Simple
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Sunset
  • TechCrunch
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • The Economist
  • The Guardian
  • The Huffington Post
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Post
  • This Old House
  • Traditional Home
  • US Weekly
  • Woman’s Day
  • Women’s Health

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