Co-founder and director of the Atena Gallery
Nidal was born into a family of antique dealers and art experts. Her studies in Art History were an obvious choice: her professional orientation had been chosen long ago.
She has a thorough knowledge of the French Decorative Arts of the 18th and 19th centuries, but a real predilection for the Charles X period.
Co-founder and manager of the Atena Gallery
Frédéric's career path was the opposite of his wife's: after studying at theESCP, he went to the United States to obtain an MBA, then became a trader on the financial markets between Paris and Tokyo.
After fifteen years of excitement, adrenaline and above all stress, he decides to leave everything behind, to embrace the world of art and its emotions.
In charge of the digital catalog
Eléa is a student in history and art market at the IESA, Institute of Higher Studies in the Arts, training students for the art and culture market. Passionate about research, she specializes in painting and graphic art, then in furniture and art objects from the 16th to the 20th century.
In order to complete her training, Éléa joined the Atena gallery team to conduct in-depth research on thehistory of the works and to contribute her own perspective to the collection.
Video content manager
Emma is a graduate of the Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique, where she spent two years in Pune, India, meeting craftsmen.
She is passionate about craftsmanship. During her experience at the Fabrique Nomade, she worked with several craftsmen on marquetry, embroidery and jewelry projects. The work of the material is obvious. After having worked as a Restoration Workshop Manager, she focuses on the creation of videos.
Head of the Restoration and Packaging Workshop
Herbert has a background in civil engineering. After several years in public infrastructure design, he worked as a cabinetmaker. He moved to France from his native country, the Philippines, and in 2016 he became the manager of the Atena restoration and packaging workshop.
Today, he is able to restore most of the objects in the gallery: from cabinet making to gilding, including carpentry, polishing of bronzes, varnishing of wood, or electrification of light fittings.
Artisan of the Restoration and Packaging Workshop
Zamen was born in Afghanistan. At a very young age he moved to Iran where he started working as a carpenter and cabinetmaker. He worked for 12 years as a workshop manager and made gondolas, custom-made stands for different structures and events, as well as furniture for individuals.
He arrived in France in November 2018 and joined the Atena restoration team. He is in charge of cabinet making and restoration of antique furniture, as well as the preparation of wooden crates for heavy and fragile objects.
Amane is a student in gilding at La Bonne Graine, in Paris. La Bonne Graine is an apprentice training center (CFA) in furniture that trains students in more than 13 trades dedicated to the techniques of decorative arts. In parallel to her studies, Amane is working at the Atena gallery, specialized in gold leaf gilding. Passionate about the world of furniture and especially for restoration, she turned to the art world.
Curious, invested and motivated, Amane carries out preparation work, priming and laying of gold leaf. High level sportswoman in ultimat frisbee, she manages to combine her artistic training with her sports competitions.