Life as a Collector

What is your earliest memory of art?

I grew up living around the world, from Queens to Florida to Haiti for some time as a kid. I was always fascinated by how culture was able to communicate through art. I remember as a kid, looking out into Queens, seeing all different types of graffiti that covered subways and buildings. Graffiti back then was seen as a form of vandalism but to me as a child it was a form of expression. As I got older, I found myself connected to art in the form of music. I used to work at a record shop, spending my days consumed with record covers. I was always fascinated with artists who were able to transform their lyrics and music perfectly onto an album cover. 


What led you to collecting art?

As I got older, I realized that having your own collection is similar to holding a piece of time. The artwork that I currently have all represents different stages in my life, almost becoming a record of time. Collecting art has become a timeless process, as these works will be passed down to my children and eventually their own. 


How would you describe yourself as an art collector?

I think there is a misconception that to be a collector of art, you must be fluent with the community ー which isn’t the case at all. I represent the larger art community, as I am not always searching to buy the newest, most exclusive work but rather work I feel fits within the environment I am creating in my home. 


Best advice for new collectors?

My biggest advice for diving into the collecting world, is to find an artist you love in terms of their artwork and as a person. Finding an artist whose work personally speaks to you, allows the collector to understand the importance of the piece you are buying. 


How does someone start collecting? 

Before Covid, some of my favorite ways to find new art was at art fairs and trade shows. This gave the collector the ability to meet and interact with the artist. Now, I think social media and online platforms have become one of best ways to buy art, as it makes it easier to navigate the art community.