Atena Gallery was founded in 2001 by Frederic Sioufi and Nidal Ouaiss in the Louvre des Antiquaires, central Paris, close to the Louvre Museum. This couple of antique dealers, in their forties, is partner in life and in the passion of their profession.
They patiently selected each item exhibited at Galerie Atena for its beauty, authenticity and condition. Their quest for the rarity and quality of execution of these objects is always driven by intangible values, away from any speculation and hype. Both share the same passion for the discovery of unseen objects like a new horizon, they do not hesitate to invest in unusual pieces as a new adventure. Their greatest satisfaction is to share this pleasure with their customers and build lasting relationships based on trust and appreciation.
Nidal was born into a family of antique dealers, she knows all the codes and customs of the business as well as the expertise of Decorative objects, with a strong predilection for the Charles X Period.
Her decision to study Art History was so evident, as her career had long been chosen.
Frederic took a course at odds with his wife, after studying at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Paris he moved to the United States to obtain a Master in Business Administration, then became a trader in the financial markets between Paris and Tokyo. After the excitement, adrenaline and stress, he felt a great need for a change. He decided, after fifteen years, to quit the Finance world, to embrace the world of Art and emotions.
Frédéric is now President of ACLA (Louvre des Antiquaires Traders Association) and must meet the challenge of renovating the Centre. SFL, the owner of the Center, presented on December 6th, 2012 a new project for the Mall, where the gallery is located. After several years of drift and uncertainty, Antique Dealers regain hope for this exceptional location in the heart of Paris, opposite the Louvre Museum, known by decorators and collectors worldwide.