PRESIDENT & CURATOR
Arica Hilton was born on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. She studied architecture and design and has worked as a gallerist, interior designer, art publisher, poet and artist since 1985. HILTON | ASMUS FOTO was a natural progression in Arica's 30-year career in the art world, creating a digital platform for collectors to acquire photography within the privacy of their home.
In addition to her extensive background in various facets of the art world, Arica has worked with clients in major design renovations, facilitating the sale and purchase of their homes, curating art collections and designing furniture,. In the meantime, she silently worked on a successful career as an artist and poet.
Forging business relationships throughout Europe and Asia has furnished her with a global perspective. Arica was one of the first women pioneers in setting up an American art publishing company that yielded millions of dollars by doing international trade with Japan in the early to mid 1990's.
Arica lives and works in Chicago. Until recently, she was the president of the board of the Poetry Center of Chicago and was voted one of the LIT 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2011 by New City. Her works have been featured in Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Crain's Chicago Business, Huffington Post, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Chicago Social, Chicago Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, Fine Art Magazine, Art World News, The Examiner, DNA INFO, Windy City Times.
Arica's personal interests include triathlons, yoga, Argentine tango, human rights, animal rights and global affairs. She speaks fluent English &Turkish and is semi fluent in French/Spanish.
Sven Asmus was born in Hamburg, Germany, famous for its entertainment district and the place where the Beatles were discovered. After serving as a Nautical Officer in the German Navy he studied Marketing and Advertising. He worked with renowned photographers as an agent for an international modeling agency in the 80’s and soon found himself in front of the camera for an ad campaign, something he still does from time to time today.
After moving to Chicago in 1995, he began a long career in the luxury automotive world, working with brands like Mercedes Benz, Bentley, Lamborghini and eventually as Brand Manager for Rolls Royce in Chicago.
But art was always his secret passion and, a few years after meeting Arica Hilton, Sven left the automotive world for an opportunity to open up an art gallery in Chicago’s traditional art district “River North”. Their first opening was a hugely successful photo exhibit and photography grew organically to become a large part of the gallery's portfolio.
Coming of age in the 80’s and with a friend that owned one of Hamburg’s most legendary clubs, he enjoys Rock music over everything else and, since Hamburg is a major Seaport with more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined, he loves to spend his free time by or on the water. He is fluent in English and German.
Sasha Andruz is a fine art photographer residing in Chicago. She received her BFA in Photography, Minor in Art History from Columbia College Chicago. Sasha's work combines digital manipulation, 19th century printing processes, and other varieties of mixed media, focusing primarily on surrealist and feminist theory. She is a recipient of the 2013 Albert P. Weisman Grant and has participated in numerous group art shows throughout the Chicago-land area.
Sasha currently works as a freelance art preparator and studio assistant for various photographers and Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, but hopes to one day own her own gallery.
Seda was born and raised in Turkey. She studied business and has worked as a public relations expert and as a gallery assistant in Istanbul. Seda speaks English and Turkish.