The Fine Art Group was founded in 2001 by Philip Hoffman as the first company to successfully launch a series of 8 art investment funds. Since then, The Fine Art Group has developed into an international leader in the art world, offering art investment, art finance, sales agency, philanthropy, and advisory services to clients worldwide.
Before launching The Fine Art Group, Philip spent 12 years working for Christie’s Auction House. He was made CFO at age 27 before becoming the Deputy Chief Executive of Europe and joining the Global Christie’s Management Board at age 33.
In 2018 The Fine Art Group bought the art financing business from Falcon Fine Art and in 2021 acquired the leading US art group Pall Mall Art Advisors. These acquisitions added robust advisory and appraisal services to the firm’s offerings and expanded The Fine Art Group’s presence in the US. In 2022, The Fine Art Group set up their New York headquarters by announcing a partnership with Schwartzman& and in 2023 expanded into the Asian market with a joint venture and investment in Patti Wong and Associates, led by former Sotheby’s Worldwide Chairman Patti Wong. Under Philips leadership, The Fine Art Group values and advises on over $20 billion annually, represents over 350 family offices in 28 countries, and has transacted over $1.4 billion dollars of artworks and jewelry.
Philip is regularly asked to comment on the art market by the international press having past appeared on CNN, BBC, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Thomsen Reuters, The Art Newspaper, and The FiAs. Additionally, he is a frequent speaker at global conferences including the Milken Institute, The London Business School, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley. Philip also sits on the Development Boards for The National Portrait Gallery, London, and CW+, the charity for the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
With a team of nearly 80 staff in partnership based in London, all across the United States, Hong Kong, Brussels, Dubai, and Sydney, The Fine Art Group continues to be a leader in rare art investments and currently advises on some of the largest art funds in the world.