Pablo Gallery recently launched a series of monthly talks that is hoped to create a more meaningful engagement between the public and the art community. Starting off with Collector’s Night where art collectors, curators, artists, designers, writers, esteemed experts in conservation and museum stewardship are invited to talk about their collection and the impetus for such.
This series of intimate dialogs are hoped to inspire further immersion and support to the thriving art community as our invited speakers are enjoined to share memorable anecdotes about their collection and to dispense advice and tips garnered from experience.
For the first Collector’s Night, we had young art collector Migs Camacho who presented through a slide show his inspiration on collecting and the impetus to how he started. He was a partner in the print gallery DAGC cofounded with Manuel Ocampo.
His familial connections, being a cousin of artist-siblings Bea and Enzo Camacho, lead him to friendships with MM Yu, Poklong Anading, Romeo Lee, artists he has consistently been following. Eventually this went on to further connections with some artists who were part of the Bastards of Misrepresentation, (the exhibited curated by MJO which toured Berlin, Hamburg, New York and Sete, France) such as Pow Martinez, Jayson Oliveria and Gerardo Tan.
His immersion in the arts started early on by being acquainted already with the works of Yayoi Kusama, which his aunt Kim had a sizable collection of and which was lent to the Ayala Museum for an exhibit. He would like to impart the same art nurturing environment to his twin babies who became his recent inspiration or driving force in choosing works to include in his collection. It is also fortunate that his wife Criscy share similar taste and passion for collecting contemporary art.
His advice to those who would start collecting is to go by gut feel and that, although collecting art is partly done as a financial investment, the relationships and friendships cultivated in the process makes the collection even more valuable.
The talk was capped off by drinks generously provided by Fuller’s Philippines, the exclusive distributor of London Pride Beer.