After a successful twenty-year career in investment management, including thirteen years as an award-winning portfolio manager and analyst at Fidelity Management and Research in Boston, Tobias founded Artful in 2019 to focus on his lifelong passion for art and travel. He grew up surrounded by art in Villanova, PA (not far from the original home of the Barnes Foundation), influenced by his mother, a Parsons School of Design graduate, and his aunt, an artist whose paintings covered the walls of his childhood home.
For the past decade, he and his wife of twenty years Kristin Welo (the President of Artful Impact) have been building their own art collection; recently, they have been focusing on female artists, including Rita Ackermann, Jenny Holzer, Eva Rothschild, and Wangechi Mutu.
Tobias has traveled to more than fifty countries; among his favorite trips taken are a family R.V. excursion to the U.S. national parks, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and attending the Venice Biennale as part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston patrons group.