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Bina Genovese

Art Specialist

Bina Genovese was appointed joint Managing Director of Strauss & Co following Stephan Welz’s
sudden death in December 2015. Her in-depth knowledge and experience of the auction business
both locally and internationally, and years of mentorship from Stephan Welz, will stand her in good
stead as she continues to drive the company upwards and onwards; maintaining Stephan Welz’s
deeply rooted legacy.
Bina has worked in the art auction industry for almost 30 years. After completing a BA HONS
degree at Wits University, she obtained a diploma for the one-year Decorative and Fine Arts
Course at Christie’s Education in London. Upon her return to Johannesburg, she joined Stephan
Welz & Co in association with Sotheby’s in the Decorative Arts and Client Services Department.
She emigrated to Italy after two years and joined Christie’s, where she became an intrinsic part of
the then new management team of Christie’s Italy and represented the Rome office at European
representatives meetings in London. Upon her return to South Africa in 1994, she once again
joined Stephan Welz & Co in association with Sotheby’s in Cape Town, where she headed the
office. In 2009, she joined Strauss & Co as Executive Director and shareholder and founded the
Cape Town Office along with fellow directors, Ann Palmer and Vanessa Phillips. As Marketing
Director and Public Relations, her input and drive has been instrumental in Strauss & Co’s success
story. She has built extensive relationships with both buyers and sellers. Bina is a skilled and
experienced auctioneer and holds the record for having sold the second most expensive painting
ever sold at auction in South Africa. With her natural flare for design and style, she has been
responsible Strauss & Co’s corporate image including all promotional material, the Cape Town
catalogues, and the review of the year.
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