Curina Announces $900,000 Seed Financing to Make Fine Art Available to Everyone
The raise comes at an exciting time for Curina and the broader art world. In the last six months alone, Curina's revenue surpassed its revenue for all of 2020. Funding will help Curina enhance the company's services, onboard new artists onto its growing platform, build its team, and expand its partnership and marketing efforts.
"As an art lover myself, I founded Curina after struggling to find original artworks that I love at prices I could afford," said Curina Founder and CEO Mio Asatani. "With this new funding, we'll be able to expand our offerings, reach more art lovers, and increase our support for talented emerging artists."
Simultaneously with the raise, Curina is adding Steven Abt, co-founder and former CEO of Caskers, as its Chief Strategy Officer and to its board of directors. At Caskers, Abt built the first ecommerce platform focused on bringing craft and rare spirits to enthusiasts around the country. He led the company for nearly five years until its sale to Flaviar. Prior, he was an attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
"Curina has put together the best sales platform for artists, and offers incredible value to art enthusiasts,"
Curina is a subscription platform for renting original art from emerging artists and galleries. Curina opens the door for the young generation of art collectors to the often intimidating art scene by giving them the flexibility of paying monthly and deciding later if they want to purchase, swap, or return the artworks as their preferences and lifestyles change.
The company was founded in 2019 by Mio Asatani, shortly after earning her MBA at Columbia Business School.