WHO // Talenia Phua Gajardo

CAREER // Founder and CEO of The Artling

"How fortunate are we to be in @neriandhu’s building?!" @_talenia

WHY // I admire that she has always insisted on forging her own career path – she doesn't take anything for granted, she's very hardworking and she is a really strong individual. I've always admired strong women who have a softer side and a badass side, and she's definitely got that.

"Beautiful #NeoRauch show at @davidzwirner #HK - not to be missed! #hongkongartweek" @_talenia

I asked our mutual friend Michael Tay to put me in touch with Talenia after reading her background and realising we had a lot in common: We both had architecture backgrounds, we were young, and we both had our own companies based in Asia, while we worked internationally.

The first time we met at Art Basel Hong Kong was very brief, but over the years our relationship has really blossomed and we've found a network with each other; we're not just business colleagues, but friends and support systems. You know business is one thing and life is another, but we seemed to share a lot in common on both sides.

"Exploring #LDN / #MarketResearch #Byredo" @_talenia

We always combine work, play and travel as we're constantly on the go in Asia and Europe. I love running into her around the world at events and meeting interesting people – she's such good fun! We're also working on a female empowerment project that we shall share soon...

Follow Talenia on Instagram @_talenia – and check in next week to see where the thread takes us next...

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