Steve Tatti circa 1985 Restoring the Statue of Liberty.

Steve Tatti

Steve Tatti is the Principal and Chief Conservator of Tatti Art Conservation. 

During his distinctive 35+ year career in fine arts conservation, Steve Tatti has successfully restored thousands of pieces for auction houses, galleries, museums, municipalities, and private clients.  He has also been recognized with numerous awards, including those from Save Outdoor Sculpture, NY Landmarks Conservancy, and Baltimore Heritage.

Steve began his tenure in the art world by training as an art conservator in Florence, Italy.  After moving back to the States, Steve continued to refine his conservation skills as a Senior Conservator for nearly a decade at the Hirschhorn Museum & National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute.

Since 1985, Steve has been practicing art conservation privately in New York City, beginning with his father and uncle, and continuing with his two sons. 

Professional Memberships:

AIC Member
Washington Conservation Guild
International Institute for Conservation

Villa Schifanoia,  Florence, Italy. Graduate Program in Art Conservation, l972-73
Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York. B.A. cum laude, General Studies, l972
Loyola University, Rome, Italy. Academic Year Abroad, l970-7l

Nick Tatti circa 2014 writing a condition report on a painting by Gerhard Richer. 

Nick Tatti

Nick Tatti is the Business Manager and a Conservation Technician at Tatti Art Conservation.

He is the eldest son of head conservator and business owner, Steve Tatti. Growing up in the studio, he gained a sharp understanding and knowledge of conservation techniques, including carving, welding, and casting. Nick spends much of his day using this knowledge to bid on projects, price incoming restorations, and write treatment proposals. Throughout his time with Tatti Art Conservation, he has been involved in the restoration of varied pieces by renowned artists such as Edgar Degas, Frederic Remington, and Alberto Giacometti. Before working at the studio, Nick spent years within the auction houses of New York, much of which was at Sotheby's, where he gained a firm understanding of inventory management, registrar work, and specialized property handling techniques. 

 

AIC Member
Syracuse University,
  Syracuse, New York. B.A., Art History, focused studies in Chemistry 2008-2012
John Cabot University, Rome, Italy. Academis Semester Abroad 2011
 

Zach Tatti circa 2016 preforming treatment on an public monument by Hélène Sardeau in Philadelphia. 

ZACH TATTI

Zach Tatti is a Conservator Technician and Shop Manager at Tatti Art Conservation.

He is the younger son of Steve Tatti and has been taking projects in the studio since 2008. Zach has been working full time at the studio since 2013, and has performed countless restorations of pieces for both private dealers and public institutions. His major skill set includes the restoration of metal and stone, where he often performs cleaning treatments, weather protecting, sculpting, patinating, gilding, and welding. Samples of his work can seen at Donald Delue’s Rocket Thrower in Flushing Meadows Park, and Cleapotra’s Needle, the 3,500-year-old granite obelisk located in Central Park.

 

AIC Member
Rogers Williams University,
  Providence, Rhode Island. B.A., Architectural Preservation 2009-2013
Art Students League, New York, New York.  Intermediate Welding Class 2014

Vaja Gabasvilli circa 2016 standing with St. Paul.

VAJA GABASHVILLI

Vaja Gabashvilli is a Senior Conservator at Tatti Art Conservation.

He is an accomplished sculptor and conservator with over 30 years experience in the field, over 15 of which have been at Tatti Art Conservation.  Major projects of his include the restoration of the two marble statues of George Washington adorning the Washington Square Arch, and the conservation of Tiffany gilded glass mosaics in the vaulted ceilings of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  During his years with Tatti Art Conservation, he has beautifully sculpted replacement parts for countless of marble, wood, and bronze statues that have come through the shop.  He specializes in the restoration of historic and modern art objects, and his skills also include mold-making, stone and wood carving, welding, enameling, casting, Roman joints, metal-work, stained-glass and mosaic repair.

 

Academy of Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia. Master of Arts, 1989
Nikoladze Art College, Tblisi, Georgia. Bachelor of Arts, Sculpture, 1978

Renata Pugh circa 2014 detailing and carving hair on a marble statue. 

RenAta Pugh

Renata Pugh is a Conservation Technician and Color Specialist at Tatti Art Conservation.

She is an experienced artist who has been working at the Tatti Art Conservation studio since 2006. Her range of skills include cleaning and carving of marble sculpture, paintings restoration, as well as metal soldering, brazing, and welding. She is also our resident color and in-painting aficionado. In addition to conservation of dozens of art objects annually at the studio, her contributions to large scale projects include: cleaning and in-painting of the JFK American Airlines monumental Carybe murals & marble sculpture restoration and metal finishes restoration at St. John the Divine. When not at the studio, Renata designs modern stained glass lamps and is an accomplished sculptor – in Spring 2012, she had a large-scale installation in Manhattan’s Riverside Park South as part of the Art Student League’s Model to Monument Program, 2012.

 

School of Visual Arts, NY, NY. BFA in Illustration, 2004