PATRICIA GARCIA-VELEZ HANNA
ART DIRECTOR FOR THE RELATED GROUP
Q: Why is art important to you?
A: Art is a visual language to me and a way of communicating ideas regardless of gender, race and boundaries.
Q: What inspires your work as an artist?
A: I am not an artist, but when I work on Related’s projects, I strive to create spaces that are not only beautiful, but inspirational. I like to bring diverse cultures and ideas together by way of images.
Q: What artists do you admire?
A: It is difficult to list all the artists I admire, but I have a particular respect for the women artists who truly broke barriers and defended their right to exhibit their work in galleries alongside their male contemporaries.
Q: Where’s your favorite place to travel to acquire art?
A: We visit quite a few art fairs in Latin America, the United States and Europe. Art fairs are great because there is access to great art in one place!
Q: What do you look for when selecting a piece for The Related Group?
A: We look for pieces that work well in public spaces, are aesthetically pleasing and at the same time make a statement, start a conversation and challenge residents of our projects to want to know more about what they are seeing.
Q: What medium do you like most?
A: I love drawings, but the intimacy of drawings doesn’t lend itself to large spaces so we work with paintings and sculptures.
Q: What is the most exciting aspect of your job?
A: I love the collaborative aspect and that I have the opportunity to work with fascinating architects and designers.
Q: What do you enjoy most about Miami Art Week?
A: The fact that we have the best galleries in the world bringing their artists to our own backyard. It is such an opportunity for the South Florida community to see contemporary art from a global perspective.
Q: What PAMM exhibit do you recommend for our readers?
A: I would not miss Jardim Botanico, Beatriz Milhazes’ retrospective at PAMM.
Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: Being a native of Miami and working in the arts locally for so many years, it is amazing to see how much the art community has developed, and I am extremely proud to be a part of that.
Q: What advice do you have for someone purchasing art?
A: Always purchase what you like, what you want to live with and what you want to see every day. I always discourage people from looking at art simply as an investment.
Q: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I can’t even draw a straight line!
1. Miami gallery (besides PAMM)?
PAMM is actually a museum, but we work closely with so many galleries in town: Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery, Gallery Diet, Dot 51 Gallery
2. Miami restaurant? Mandolin
3. Miami spa? The Standard
4. Place to shop in Miami? Merrick Park in Coral Gables
5. Way to spend a weekend? At the beach
To learn more about the Pérez Art Museum Miami, visit pamm.org.
To learn more about The Related Group, visit relatedgroup.com.
PAMM PRESENTS FUTURE BROWN FEATURING KELELA
When: December 4, 2014 8 p.m.–midnight
Where: Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) marks its one -year anniversary in the new and now iconic waterfront building with an immersive evening of music and visuals featuring the first U.S. performance by Future Brown with live vocalists.
The event is open exclusively to PAMM Sustaining and above level members, and Art Basel Miami Beach, DesignMiami/ and Art Miami VIP cardholders. To become a PAMM Sustaining member and receive an invitation to the event, or for more information, email email@example.com, call 305.375.1709 or visit pamm.org/support.