Annina Nosei, of Italian origin, American adopted, is one of the most influential living art dealers, known for her ability to recognize emerging artistic talents. In the world of art she is universally known for having discovered Jean Michel Basquiat, but there are many other famous artists who have taken their first steps towards recognition with her. The list includes Julian Schnabel, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, Shirin Neshat, and many others.
Besides having discovered artists of great reputation, by now consecrated in the art world, her importance relies in the prominence she gave to female artists, concurring in a crucial way to the renewal and progress of the art system. From Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer, to Jenny Watson and Heidi McFall, the care for women can be considered one of her trademarks.
Besides, it was greatly to her credit to bring to the fore non-Western art, importing as first in New York South American artists (Julio Galan, Guillermo Kuitca), Middle Eastern (Tsibi Geva, Ghada Amer) and Africans (Cheri Samba), which thanks to her are now world renowned.