The Art Planner is a professional art consultancy focused on exhibition management, curating art-related events and promotions.

With a proven fine art background and supported by a strong team of experienced global advisory board members, we are perfectly positioned to assist clients to promote and develop art-related activities.


The consultancy is the brainchild of Daphne Alexis Ho and Maria Lai, long-time collaborator of the successful life style agency, SAGE Communications. The duo combines their knowledge and refined taste in fine art with business acumen.

Daphne Alexis Ho

Daphne is a practising artist whose works are exhibited worldwide. She holds a PhD in Fine Art with a focus on Japanese Zen aesthetics and contemporary photography. She is also the advisor for The Open Print Shop in Hong Kong, an NGO that promotes visual art with an emphasis on image making. Daphne also is one of the working committees for IMPACT 11, the largest international print conference dedicated specifically to printmaking.

At The Art Planner, Daphne is responsible for ensuring all the through-the-line support for any event, exhibition or promotional campaigns are professionally executed.

Maria Lai

Maria is a globetrotter with a comprehensive understanding of trends in the art world, as well as extensive corporate experience with luxury brands such as LVMH and Giorgio Armani. Her acute visual sense and broad knowledge of art will help build a diversified art portfolio to accommodate clients’ highly individualistic aesthetics, interests and goals. Whether it is curating a one-off exhibition, brand collaboration, or building an art collection, Maria’s well-developed network and experience in the industry will ensure that the selections are perfectly suited to each individual or corporation.