Become a Collector

Seven Reasons to Become a Collector of Art 

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 “(…) a great collection does not contain all the right names, but one in which each work has meaning to its owners and provides constant satisfaction and joy.” 

Michael Findlay

Reason 1

Buying history as well as an investment: Artists are historians and strong representatives of their culture. Art is one of the best investments you can make, with substantial potential to value over time.

Reason 2

Collect on any budget: Collecting is feasible at any budget, especially if you buy emerging art.


Jena Thomas 

Jena Thomas (1987-) has exhibited extensively in Florida and the Northeast, with exhibitions at the Alvarez Gallery, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Context New York, Art Palm Beach, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Featured in Creative Quarterly magazine and the art publication New American Painting, Thomas is a recipient of the Ruth Katzman Scholarship from the Art Students League of New York and winner of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art Prize. She was also a finalist in Miami University’s Young Painters Competition. Thomas received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA, and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. 

Reason 3

Support a dream: The purchase of original artwork encourages an artist to continue working and growing while supporting his or her dream. 

Reason 4

Discover yourself: The art you purchase unveils a side of yourself that you may not know exists. 


Eduardo Vargas-Rico

Eduardo Vargas-Rico (1991-), since 2011 he has participated in the Venezuelan national art scene. He began his studies in Plastic Arts at the Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado (UCLA). 

He has developed a body of work that, understood from a geological point of view, explores the archive’s conceptual possibilities through various media, supports, objects, and materials from which he seeks to understand specific processual logics in the materialization of his work. His lines of research have had different thematic approaches as indices of an archive open to interests of a social, cultural, political, and economic nature. 

Utilitarian was the title of his first solo show, held in the city of Caracas, in the spaces of La Librería de la Sala Mendoza, in 2016. In that same year, he did his second solo show, at the Galería de D’Museo in the Centro de Arte Los Galpones, as part of the 3rd prize he earned with his work Protocolos de un inventario para nuevas mercancías (Protocols for an inventory of new merchandise) in the Salón Banesco de Jóvenes con FIA, XVIII edition. 

He has exhibited his work in international collective exhibitions in Colombia, Miami, Madrid, Helsinki, France, Holguin, and Hamburg. His work is part of important private and institutional collections, and to date, he has had five solo exhibitions in Venezuela, and his virtual solo exhibition Archon at Alvarez Gallery. 

Among his most recent collective participations are: Atlas Inconcluso de un paisaje en proceso (Unfinished Atlas of a Landscape in Process), at the Galería Abra Caracas, Centro de Arte Los Galpones, and the I Luis Ángel Duque Contemporary Art Award, at the Galería Freites, where he was awarded the Honorable Mention with his work Arqueologías para la Introducción Cartográfica al Atlas de Venezuela (Archaeologies for the Cartographic Introduction to the Atlas of Venezuela), 2022. 


Reason 5

Learn in the process: Art collecting encourages you to be curious and delve deeper into intellectual research about its creator and his influences. 


Reason 6

Give back: Collecting opens new opportunities to be charitable. Buy art at a community fundraiser or auction. 


Joe Boginski 

Joe Bogisnki (1986-) Quiet and unassuming, graduate from the School of Visual Arts in New York, does not exude your “typical” artist personality.   

His illustrative pieces contain a playfulness and vision that emulates some of the comic greats. There is a primitive yet expressive quality about Boginski’s work; his drawings are constantly teasing with the viewer’s mind, and each look unveils a new, humorous element. Working in pen and pencil, the stylistic delicateness to the line-work and edges of Boginski’s drawings generate an aura of intrigue. 

His mind creeps into the far recesses of the imagination, finding that every stone may be overturned to reveal a world never before expected. Beneath floorboards, he finds entire worlds seeping with adventure and absurdity. Talking with the artist, you can only imagine what his dreams must be like; indeed, the quiet power of his images must manifest themselves in a space outside of reality.  

Joe Boginski is exclusively represented by Alvarez Gallery 

Reason 7

It’s universal: Anyone can become a collector! 

Carlos Biernnay

Carlos Biernnay (Chile,1969-) has studied at Portland Fiber Gallery (Portland, Maine), the Fashion Institute of New York (New York, New York), and the Catholic University of Chile, where he earned a Diploma in Painting and Restoration.  

His works have been exhibited in Chile, Brazil, New York, Maine, and Connecticut, in places such as ArtSpace New Haven, CT; Brooklyn Project Space, Stitch Gallery, and Portland Fiber Gallery in Portland, Maine; Galeria Arraial d’Ajuda in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; Taller Emilio Vaisse 561 Barrio Italia, Santiago de Chile, and others.  

His works are in private collections in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Washington, Brazil, Chile, and Hungary. 

Carlos Bautista Biernnay is exclusively represented by Alvarez Gallery