Born into a Southern-German aristocratic family, Albrecht von Stetten grew up in a converted monastery, surrounded by Medieval and Renaissance art. He had to put his artist’s dreams on hold to run the family’s farms, which he quietly turned into one of Europe’s largest agricultural conglomerates.
After selling off much of the business in 2013, his life was a clean canvas again. He returned to his boyhood passion by buying art, which shifted gear when he met Kiki Kim and decided to work with her to build and curate a world-leading collection. A watershed conversation with an artist one night in Spain opened his eyes to the grim reality of the art world, which almost guarantees that true Masterpieces never see the light of day – an enormous disappointment for the artist and a regrettable loss to humankind.
On the spot, Albrecht promised to fund the artist for as long as it would take to bring out his own, personal masterpiece. The experiences that followed eventually led to the IBEX Masters model that liberates, on so many levels, the most amazing super-realistic artists alive today. Each individual artist is offered the golden egg of guilt-free time spent exclusively on their brilliant creations.