VivArte participating organizations Caring for Colombia, First Step Big Step, and Primero Lo Primero hosted a cocktail reception and silent auction to celebrate Colombian contemporary art in support of Colombian early childhood programs on Tuesday evening at PHILLIPS.
VivArte is a joint philanthropic effort to empower and transform the lives of vulnerable children in Colombia, while giving international visibility to a select group of Colombian contemporary artists, most of whom do not have gallery representation in the United States. This dual mission seeks to shape the social reality on the ground and broaden cultural perceptions of Colombia worldwide. Funds raised during the auctions will directly benefit early childhood programs in areas of extreme poverty in Colombia.
The Event Co-Chairs were: María Emma Mejía Vélez and María Eugenia Maury
The silent and public auction showcased works by more than thirty Colombian artists in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, works on paper, embroidery, photography and animation. VivArte provides an opportunity to discover, view, and acquire exceptional pieces by some of Colombia’s most respected artists including Edgar Negret, Fanny Sanin, Manuel Hernandez, and Olga de Amaral, as well as cutting-edge newcomers, such as Natalia Castañeda, Santiago Parra, and Ivan Argote.
Highlights included works by recent award winning artists such as Carlos Motta, recipient of the Future Generation Art Prize 2014, awarded by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation; Juan Fernando Herrán, recipient of the 2014 Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability; Fanny Sanin, whose work is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Museo Nacional in Bogotá; Monika Bravo and Carlos Castro Arias, whose work is now on view at the Venice Biennale and Bienal de Mercosur, respectively.
The event’s Host Committee included Tony Bechara, Celia Birbragher, Katherine Boulud, María Eugenia Garcés, Laura González, Nohra Haime, Julian Iragorri, Christophe Janet, Isabelle Kowal, Laura Laurence, Monica Lorduy, Javier Lumbreras, Violy McCausland, Solita Mishaan, Beatriz de la Mora, Christine Murrle, and María Isabel Nieto, Rodrigo Niño, Ben Rodríguez Cubeñas, Liana Ryan, Alejandro Santo Domingo, Luz Miriam Toro, Leon Tovar, Maritza Wild Chateau, and Kingsley Woolworth.
The participating Artists included Olga de Amaral, Ivan Argote, Natalia Arias, Monika Bravo, Johanna Calle, Natalia Castañeda, Jaime Castellanos, Carlos Castro Arias, Fernando Cruz, Adriana Echavarría, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Jaime Franco, Ana González Rojas, Manuel Hernández, Juan Fernando Herrán, Humberto Junca, Alberto Lezaca, Luz Angela Lizarazo, Adriana Marmorek, Carlos Motta, Jorge Mario Múnera Edgar Negret, Santiago Parra, Luis Fernando Peláez, Esteban Peña, Ruby Rumie, Luis Alejandro Saiz, Fanny Sanin, Gabriel Silva, Giovanni Vargas, and Hugo Zapata.
The Event Sponsors included: ArtNexus, Aviatur, Bombay Sapphire, Citrico Inc., Diego Salazar Antique Frames, Dietl International, Horizon Asset Management, Martini Prosecco, Morgan Stanley, New York Life, Prodigy Network, Servex Colombia, Tata Harper Skincare, and Tiffany & Co.
The Silent Auction took place during our Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, November 17th. The Live Auction took place within the Phillips LATAM auction on Wednesday, November 18th.