Arte & Lusso

Online Magazine on Art, Fashion and Luxury Lifestyle in UAE and Italy


Slava Noor with Astrid Lesuisse from Gallery27

Who We Are

Arte & Lusso is an independent publication about Art, Fashion, Luxury Lifestyle and Modern Culture.

We focus on delivering latest news on distinctive personalities and important events in United Arab Emirates and Italy, bringing the most interesting stories to our readers.

We have created this platform out of love for all things beautiful and are  happy to support homegrown talent as well as internationally established artists, designers and brands.

Slava Noor with Astrid Lesuisse from Gallery27
Slava Noor and Astrid Lesuisse from Gallery27 discussing artwork by Basic Culture

Our Mission

The team behind Arte & Lusso is very ambitious and our mission includes the following:

Contributing to cultural and economic growth of the key cities in UAE and Internationally

Creating a platform both for established and upcoming artists, fashion designers and other creatives

Sharing the most interesting stories in the fields of Art, Fashion and Luxury

Supporting the governments of UAE andinternationallyn promoting Art and Culture

Creative  Lab

At the heart of our concept is the desire to demonstrate all the limitless possibilities of online media unlike the traditional printed magazines. Our team is dedicated to sharing the latest and most useful tools in creating a strong digital marketing strategy in our Creative Lab section. Gain knowledge from our experts in personal branding, social media marketing, content creation and web designing.

We also help local and international brands to create a strong online presence by offering following services:

  • Content creation (photo,video, copywriting)
  • Social media consulting and management
  • Website creation and management
  • Online advertising
  • Personal Branding


We are always on the look out for real talent and if you have an interesting story to share so feel free to get in touch! If you love what we do and need help with creating content for your website or social media,  simply shoot us an email 

Arte & Lusso Team 

Slava Noor, Founder and Executive Editor of Arte & Lusso

Slava Noor is passionate about various forms of art and believe in its power to inspire people and bridge different cultures. She has created Arte & Lusso in order to promote both local and international talent and help artists, fashion designers and other creatives get the exposure they deserve. she is also passionate about different cuisines and enjoys reviewing restaurants in Dubai and Europe.

Slava can be spotted at major art and fashion events as well as sipping her favorite karak tea or espresso at one of the hidden cafes in Dubai.

Follow her on @SlavaNoor

Dr. Michaela Watrelot, Editor and Art Director

With a Ph.D. in Art History, Michaela Watrelot is an art historian, educator, and published author. Her academic knowledge is complemented by several institutional & research positions, including the Berlin State Museums and the auction house Christie’s. For Arte & Lusso, Michaela will be writing her regular art history essays, and cover exhibition openings, museum visits, artist interviews and cultural events regionally and internationally.

Connect with Michaela on linkedin, check out her site arthusiast, instagram and discover her course on Art History

Maie El-Hage, Contributor

Maie El-Hage is an architect and art historian, with a Master of Arts degree in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex in the UK, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the American University of Beirut. She is a Curator and Artist Manager, and currently represents several Arab and European artists. Based in Beirut, Maie teaches Art History courses at the Lebanese American University and the American University of Beirut. She travels and attends conferences and international art shows and exhibitions. Maie is a published author; she writes about topics related to Art History, Architecture, and Contemporary Art Practices. 

Follow Maie on @Maie.Art

Marco Fraschetti, Art Curator and Contributor

Born in Italy, he has lived and worked in the Middle East for more than twenty years, contributing to the artistic and cultural growth of this region.
Awarded with the “Art Golden Visa”, the special 10-year visa by “Dubai Culture”, department of Dubai Government.
Artistic director, producer, musician, photographer.
He worked in the Government and in Private Companies as Artistic Director.

Maria Pavel, Artist and Contributor

Maria Pavel is a Romanian visual artist and writer based in Dubai, UAE. Art University graduate, she started her career in Fashion Design and continued in fashion retail as Visual Merchandising Manager but couldn’t resist to come back to her first love: painting! She contributes stories revolving the art scene in UAE and internationally.

The painting style she adopted have multiple sources of inspiration: contemporary feminine archetypes, abstract shapes, vibrant colours moulded by black contouring, cubism,pop art.

Anastasiia Garnova, Curator and Researcher in Visual Culture

Anastasiia Garnova has honed her expertise through academic pursuits and museum work. She studied at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. Petersburg State University, specializing in Renaissance and Soviet art. Her career path led her to the State Hermitage Museum, where she contributed to the contemporary art department’s curatorial team. During her tenure, she played a pivotal role in curating numerous noteworthy contemporary art exhibitions, each drawing an audience of over 20,000 visitors. Now based in London through the Global Talent program, Anastasiia continues to explore her scholarly interests, focusing on the histories of women artists, political art, the cultural narratives of the Global South, and writing on London’s and the world’s art scene.

Ivana Zankevich, Illustrator and Contributor

Ivana Zankevich is a digital artist and art enthusiast with a passion for exploring the world. Ivana specializes in crafting digital collages that weave together elements of various cultures, traditions, and narratives. Her work serves as a vibrant reflection of her unique perspective on the world, showcasing the beauty and diversity she has encountered along her journey. She contributes to Arte & Lusso by covering key art events between Moscow and Dubai and elevates our branding with ber visual poetry.

Nina Mdivani, Art Curator and Writer

Nina Mdivani
Photo by Ilya Popenko

Nina Mdivani is Georgiani-born and New York-based independent curator, writer and researcher. Her academic background covers International Relations and Gender Studies from Tbilisi State University, Mount Holyoke College and, most recently, Museum Studies from City University of New York. Nina’s book, King is Female, published in October 2018 in Berlin by Wienand Verlag explores the lives of three Georgian women artists and is the first publication to investigate questions of the feminine identity in the context of the Eastern European historical, social, and cultural transformation of the last twenty years. As curator and writer Nina is interested in discovering hidden narratives within dominant cultures with focus on minorities and migrations.

You can find out more about her work at Instagram @ninamdivani

Sigrid van Roode, Contributor

Sigrid van Roode is a jewellery historian and archaeologist. For her, jewellery is the material expression of values, customs and traditions. She frequently writes articles and blogs and is the author of several books, of which Desert Silver is widely acclaimed by its readers as one of the most accessible introductions to jewellery from the Arab world. She also runs

Follow Sigrid on @BedouinSilver

dubai fashion stylist and image consultant Asif Somji
dubai fashion stylist and image consultant Asif Somji

Asif Somji is a personal stylist who advises individuals on new fashion trends and clothing styles to suit their lifestyle and profession. A qualified personal stylsit and image consultant, Asif is based in Dubai and works closely with various luxury brands and local and Italian tailoring experts. You will often catch him at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence attending the popular Pitti Uomo event and also a regular feature at several fashion shows at the Milan Men’s Fashion Week. Asif is also a style blogger and a contributor to several fashion publications and websites. Follow him on @styledindubai

Théo, Contributor

Theophile focuses on covering art and culture related events in France as well as Internationally. He equally enjoys history of art as well as contemporary art in all its shapes and forms. He brings his creativity to Arte8Lusso by discovering the new art events or emerging artists as well as creating captivating visual content.

Aida Dzhanhirova, Contributor

Aida Dzhanhirova is an art critic, supervisor of art and blockchain technology projects, co-author of an educational course on virtual assets under the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, co-author of the Virtual Assets Law 2021  (Ukraine), at the moment she has the position of the expert on NFTs and Metaverse at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris). In the past, she worked as the Director of “Lavra”  Municipal Gallery (Kyiv, Ukraine), Art Director of  Kyiv History Museum (Kyiv, Ukraine).

Andrea Leghissa, Contributor

Andrea Leghissa is an italian lighting designer and novelist. In his career he designed many italian and international live shows, specializing in musical theatre. He’s also known for his lighting installations created with the use of the most advanced technologies, with a particular attention to lasers. As writer he’s working on the Metrion novels and writes for magazines in art and environment sections.

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