About

Ruggeri-Coccia Fine Arts

We are a professional fine art business representing artists of various styles and genres, producing exciting live art shows and receptions. We offer fine art consultation for corporate and private collectors as well as certified professional appraisal services.

Owner

Eileen
Ruggeri-Coccia

Ruggeri-Coccia Fine Arts is a professional fine art business representing artists of various styles and genres, producing exciting live art shows and receptions. We offer fine art consultation for corporate and private collectors as well as certified professional appraisal services.

The business is owned by Eileen Ruggeri-Coccia, a second-generation Sonoma native. Eileen’s journey in the arts began at age 20 when she started working at an art gallery in Sausalito, California. From there, she went on to be the co-proprietor of many galleries from SanFrancisco to Carmel By the Sea, and then settled into her own galleries in Sonoma, California, formerly known as Swanson Gallery.

She has curated many art shows, auctions and exhibitions throughout her career. Eileen resides in Sonoma with her husband Sil Coccia. They enjoy frequent visits from their very large combined family of seven adult children, spouses and one granddaughter. Their Italian heritage and dedication to friends and family continue to manifest many amazing feasts and gatherings where the wine is flowing and hearts are full.

Associate

Kara Lynae
de Lambert

Kara is an alumnus from Sonoma State University where she earned a B.A. in Art History and a Minor in Arts Management. Throughout college, she worked at the University Art Gallery in Rohnert Park and the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa. After graduating in 2012, she stared her own art consultant and curatorial business, Lynae Arts.

Kara is the Curator at Imagery Estate Winery in Sonoma Valley and for over 11 years has managed the Artistry Label Program commissioning emerging and established artists for the wine label brand.

She earned the Core Course in Appraisal Studies certificate at the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) in 2018 and has completed the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisals Practice (USPAP).

Currently, she lives and works in Sonoma County with over 13 years of experience in the Fine Art industry.

Executive Consultant

Sil Coccia

Sil began his career in the pharmaceutical industry with what is now Novartis as a sales representative in Philadelphia. His last position at Novartis was Regional Director for the Specialty Sales Division—the first proprietary part-time pharmaceutical sales force comprised of 90% women.

After a two-year stint as National Sales Director for Sola Optical USA in Petaluma, CA, Sil joined R&D Laboratories, Inc. (R&D), a small, start-up specialty pharmaceutical company based in Marina del Rey, CA, as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. R&D grew over 600% during Sil’s tenure, and the company was named to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies for three consecutive years in 1994, 1995, and 1996. R&D was eventually sold to Watson Pharmaceuticals.

In 1997, Sil established Sonoma Marketing Consultants, Inc. (SMC), which capitalized on its pharmaceutical experience to provide healthcare companies with strategic and market planning and business development services. Sil left the pharmaceutical industry in 2001 to pursue endeavors in several small startups.

In 2012, he joined forces with his wife, Eileen, to form ESC Appraisals. Sil became an experienced and qualified personal property appraiser specializing in fine art, fine wine, antiques, and collectibles.

The wine business came calling, and Sil joined Ferrari Carano, managing all retail sales operations for the main destination property, Villa Fiore, and for Seasons of the Vineyard on the Healdsburg Plaza and Lazy Creek Vineyards in Philo. He moved on to Jarvis Estate, a Napa-based small production, ultra-premium winery, in 2016 and is currently Vice President of Sales & Hospitality.

Sil coached girls’ varsity basketball at Sonoma Valley High School for fifteen years. During his tenure, the Lady Dragons won three Sonoma County League championships, and Sil was named SCL Coach of the Year three times and Redwood Empire Coach of the Year twice. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed the Secondary School Teaching Credential program at Sonoma State University.

Sil and Eileen reside in Sonoma, and between them, they have seven adult children, thankfully none of whom live at home! They welcomed their first grandchild in April 2022. He enjoys cycling, golf, and, of course, fine wines. Sil never forgets his NJ roots, and his mother still resides in his childhood home in Berkeley Heights after 50 years.

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