In his art-world expose Framed, Tod Volpe paints a vivid portrait how he transformed himself from a Bronx-born funeral director to "art dealer to the stars." After serving time on trumped-up fraud charges at the height of his career, Volpe realized that his passion for people -- not paintings -- held the true key to his life's happiness.
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Also Known As:
Tod Michael Volpe
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 25, 1948
Place of Birth:
Yonkers, New York
Mortuary Science Degree, Syracuse University; Bachelor of Fine Arts, New York University
|Volpe's Artful Tale|
|Framed: America's Art Dealer to the Star Tells All|
At the pinnacle of his success, international "art dealer to the stars" Tod Volpe spiraled out of control, facing fraud accusations that put him behind bars for two years His stranger-than-fiction story is a vivid portrayal of the underbelly of the art world -- from price fixing and money laundering to outright betrayal -- and a moving account of one man's realization of what really matters.
|From Canvas to Page to Screen...|
|Volpe is featured as one of the central characters in Who the $#&% is Jackson Pollock? (New Line Cinema). When his client, Teri Horton, purchased an $8 painting from a junk shop that was later verified as an original Pollock valued at $20 million, she contacted Volpe after having read his book, Framed -- believing him to be the only person who could help her clear the controversy around the painting. Volpe has since become her agent and consults on a number of projects, including this fascinating documentary.|
|An Early Inspiration||Favorite Writers and Reads|
When we asked Volpe what book has had the biggest impact on him, he answered, "Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, because it taught me how to let go of the illusion of life and focus on what is real. In working on Framed for 15 years and going through the transformation that resulted in letting go of the illusions of my own life, I believe I experienced a kind of sacrificial burning of the inner spirit as Siddhartha did."
|The Grapes of Wrath|
Volpe tells us that John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is a favorite book: "It shows the true side of hardship in American life and how one man's spirit can overcome the odds." Read our interview with Volpe to find out more about his favorite writers and reads, including:
|Photo by Abe Frajndlich||