Alvaro Perez Miranda
555 W. 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
Makeda Hinds: How many artists do you represent? Can you tell us about a few of them?Alvaro Perez Miranda: We represent about 25 artists; around 30% of them are Japanese, and the rest are from all over the world. We focus on bringing international emerging and mid-career artists (or artists that are new to an American audience) to the New York arts scene. Artists to look out for are Makoto Fujimura (American, b.1960), who creates mesmerizing paintings in the nihonga style, Maurizio Galimberti (Italian, b.1956), who recently had an exhibition of his Polaroid photography at Palazzo Franchetti in Venice, and Nacho Rodriguez Bach, an experiential artist and composer.
MH: What is your next show? Tell us why we should come.
APM: Our next important show is a traveling exhibition by Makoto Fujimura entitled Golden Sea, which will open in our gallery on May 2. People should come to see the artist's work in person because the brilliance and depth of layers within each work is incredible, and cannot be fully captured by photographs.We are also excited to collaborate with The Chelsea Music Festival, as one of our artists, Maurizio Galimberti, will be their artist in residence. This will be a great opportunity to see music and art in action! Also, Galimberti will have an exhibition at the Italian Academy at Columbia University in June.
MH: Has the Internet dramatically changed the dynamic of your business?
APM: Yes, the Internet makes it easier to place art in collections all over the world. In the past, it was more difficult to expose collectors to art from other countries, especially emerging artists, but now we can have these interactions take place entirely through email.The Internet also makes the market more competitive, and provides the buyers more transparency.
MH: Have you noticed a trend in the origin of your buyers?
APM: We have quite a few Latin American buyers, and I've noticed that they are particularly interested in Japanese Contemporary Art. They are quite focused on building collections that highlight Contemporary Art from around the world.
MH: What advice can you give to a first-time collector?
APM: I would advise first time collectors to buy with their hearts. It is also important to do your research and to be careful not to limit yourself to work that is marketed to you. After all, art is a love affair!