Magnus Renfrew is Director Asia and one of four members of the Executive Committee of Art Basel. In addition to Renfrew’s responsibility for directing the Hong Kong edition of Art Basel, he is responsible for spearheading Art Basel’s activities in Asia. The inaugural Hong Kong edition of Art Basel took place in May 2013.
From its inception in 2007 until its fifth and final edition in May 2012, Magnus Renfrew was Fair Director of ART HK: Hong Kong International Art Fair. ART HK was instrumental in repositioning Hong Kong as the center of the modern and contemporary art market in Asia.
Born in 1975, Magnus Renfrew was brought up in Cambridge, UK, and educated at The Leys School, Cambridge and the University of St Andrews where he gained a 1st Class MA (Hons) and the OE Saunders Class Prize for Art History.
Renfrew has over a decade's experience in the international art world and has been regularly recognised for his contribution by industry media including: ART + AUCTION Magazine in their ‘Power Issue’ as one of 15 Individuals ‘without whom the art world would not spin on its axis’ (December 2008) | CANS - Chinese Art News as one of the ten most influential people in the art scene in Asia (January 2009) | ART REVIEW in its 'Power 100' issue as one of the 100 most influential figures in the international art world (November 2010, November 2012) and by Le Journal des Arts in its ‘Les 100 personnalités les plus influentes du monde de l’art’ (February 2011).
Renfrew was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2013.
Magnus Renfrew lives and works in Hong Kong.