- Louis M. Salerno Owner Owner of Questroyal Fine Art, Lou is a longtime collector and enthusiast of American paintings. Once a successful seller of thoroughbred breeding stock, Lou discovered his interest in American art in the 1970s. Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit and creativity, he later became a prominent art dealer, establishing Questroyal in the mid-1990s. Disenchanted by his experiences with other galleries, Lou vowed to differentiate Questroyal by treating all clients equally, regardless of their wealth or position. Together with his partner and son, Co-Owner Brent L. Salerno, Lou actively and persistently acquires quality American paintings, fueled by his confidence in and passion for American art.
- Brent L. Salerno Co-Owner Co-Owner of Questroyal Fine Art and son of Louis M. Salerno, Brent shares his father’s passion for collecting American paintings. During Questroyal’s early years, Brent worked part-time at the gallery and invested his own capital for the acquisition of paintings while completing his education. Since graduating from the Rothman Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in entrepreneurial studies, Brent has worked full-time alongside his father, helping Questroyal mature into the leading American art gallery it is today. Brent and his wife Charlotte live in Tappan, New York, with their daughters Natalie and Addison, and are active collectors with a focus on the Hudson River School.
- Chloe Heins Director As the daughter of a fine arts photographer, Chloe was exposed to the art world at an early age, attending events and classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She earned a dual BA in painting and French from Fordham University before coming to Questroyal in 2003. With an extensive knowledge of American paintings and expertise in American Modernism, Chloe has served as Questroyal’s director for over a decade.
- Nina Sangimino Assistant Director Nina joined Questroyal Fine Art in 2011 as research associate. She studied art history at the University at Albany and earned a master’s degree in the same field from Pratt Institute. Prior to joining Questroyal, Nina interned at the Albany Institute of History & Art and the Brooklyn Museum, and was collections coordinator at the Putnam History Museum and curatorial apprentice at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.
- Pavla Berghen-Wolf Research Associate Pavla received her BA in art history from Brandeis University, with a minor in French. Prior to joining Questroyal, she worked as an intern at the American Federation of Arts, the Rose Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Pavla brings her enthusiasm for research and interest in American Modernism, which was inspired by an undergraduate class on Georgia O’Keeffe.
- Kayla Seifert Administrator Kayla attended West Virginia University where she majored in painting and minored in art history. She continued her education at Parsons School of Design, graduating with a MA in the history of design and curatorial studies. As an artist herself, Kayla is excited to bring her passion and appreciation for art to the Questroyal team.
- Patrick Cadenhead Art Handler Patrick holds a BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute and an MFA in sculpture and extended media from Virginia Commonwealth University. He brings with him over a decade of experience working with both private collectors and public institutions, such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the Queens Museum, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. He found his way to American painting through a love of 19th-century Romantic painters and an interest in the evolution of the landscape in the visual arts.
- Leah Hicks Administrative Assistant Leah is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where she earned a BA in dance with a concentration in dance studies as well as a minor in art history. Her dual passions for the performing and visual arts developed at a young age and continue to shape her trajectory. She is delighted to have arrived at Questroyal, joining the team as administrative assistant.
- Rita J. Walker Controller Rita began her Questroyal career in 1983 as owner Louis Salerno’s first employee in the thoroughbred breeding business. She helped him transition to the art world and continues to work with Questroyal as controller. She is dedicated to her three sons, all of whom are exceptional athletes.
- Mason Chiang Intern Mason is an undergraduate student at New York University studying biochemistry.
It is a pleasure to acknowledge many years of friendship and my deep gratitude as a satisfied client. Over several decades I have acquired dozens of paintings from Questroyal. I love them all and derive continued pleasure and enjoyment from them. Keep it up and many thanks for your help in getting me these masterpieces of American art at affordable prices.
Questroyal’s devotion to the 19th-century American landscape painting that I so dearly love brings me back there again and again. And Lou, Brent, and Chloe are among the very nicest people I know in the art business.
Honesty, Integrity, Sincerity, Transparency, Wisdom, Excellence; these are the words that immediately come to mind as I contemplate my experiences with Questroyal Fine Art. Any preconceived notions you may have about a museum-quality gallery on Park Avenue as stuffy or unapproachable will quickly dissipate.
We’ve been loyal customers of Questroyal for years, with Questroyal paintings anchoring our collection. Lou is both a very good person and a friend, and the art we’ve bought from him has stood the test of time. Glad to see the next generation carrying it on. Our very best.
It is a matter of trust: Questroyal has more than fulfilled that requirement. Knowing that we have purchased important paintings that have ongoing value for us and our children from a gallery that we trust brings complete peace of mind.