Our History

We began fooledby.art as we started to receive more and more news about lost investments, savings, and hopes after becoming victims of art fraud both directly and indirectly.

Directly by ponzi schemes, investment houses, art studios, auction houses, fakes, government officials, market specialist, and even artist.

Indirectly by local, regional, and national governments, tax schemes, non profit organizations, banking and investment institutions, and higher insurance rates.

We hope to inform people of how art is being used to hide, steal, displace, conceal, and make incredible amounts of money.

You can help us and all the victims of art fraud by telling your story.

Finally, we often see that artist are major victims as well by being grossly underpaid and having no idea what their creations are truly sold for or what was its final purpose. So we are encouraging all artists as well to tell their stories.

Together we can help clean up the art world and bring trust back into the creativity meant to inspire us all.

The Straw Hat by Nikos Lytras . The “”Straw Hat”” is one of the most impressive and daring works of early Greek modernism. Provided by National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum. PD for Public Domain Mark

Have you been fooled?

Thought you made a sound investment that turned out to be a hoax? Mislead by the art market hype? Well, tell us about how you got fooled and help us make the public aware.

Have you seen something foolish?

Roundabouts, public works, art restorations, fraud copies, auction houses, private showings, etc… Art is hiding much more than talent. Tell us what is taking place in your neighborhood.

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Edgar Degas