Director

Foessel Pauline

Pauline Foessel is currently HOCA’s Director of Development after years of experience as a gallery director in Lisbon and gallery manager in Shanghai, first at 18Gallery Shanghai and then at Magda Danysz Gallery.
She moved to Lisbon in 2013 to manage Alexandre Farto’s Vhils Studio and the Underdogs Gallery. With a master’s degree in Management  Entrepreunarial from SKEMA Business School in Lille and an MBA Exchange Program from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, she worked as gallery assistant at Galerie Magda Danysz in Paris and gallery manager at Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai, China. Driven by a great passion for art from an early age, Pauline Foessel put in place an innovative and ambitious artistic programme at Underdogs Gallery which has been able to place Lisbon on the global map of urban-inspired contemporary art, injecting cultural value into its architectural heritage and public space, promoting the work of a generation of artists who take the urban environment as a backdrop and establishing a close relationship between them and the city’s inhabitants.