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Interview: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros – Founder & President, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation

Interview: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros – Founder & President, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and art collector with an abiding passion and discerning eye for contemporary art and design. Born in Cuba and raised in Venezuela, her vision has made a significant impact on the Miami arts community and arts organizations around the globe. Fontanals-Cisneros began collecting works by artists from Latin America in 1970. The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection has since grown to include important and cutting-edge pieces by risk-taking artists from around the world, with strong representations of geometric abstract art from Latin America as well as international installation and video art and photography.

The videos below are organized by topic and run between 16 seconds to 3 minutes.  Click on any video.

INTRODUCTION- 16 sec.





Introduction.

 

SEIZE THE MOMENT – 1:43 min.





Where did you grow up and what was your first exposure to art? When did you first feel passionate about art?

 

STAYING INFORMED – 2:17 min.





How do you decide what to collect?

 

ABOUT MIAMI – 1:22 min.





Has Miami become a world-class art community?

 

COLLECTORS AS LEADERS – 44 sec.





Most major art communities are not led by private citizens who open their collections to the public like they do in Miami.

 

THE ROLE OF CRITICS & CURATORS – 1:22 min.





What role do critics play for you?

 

INTUITION & CRITICAL THINKING – 1:31 min.





What are the most important skills and behaviors for a critic or curator?