Daniel Rahmati, collector & galerist
Your first souvenir about art?
My mother’s studio when I was 4 years old.
The masterpiece you would like to have in your collection?
Diana the Huntress by Orazio Gentileschi.
Your first acquisition?
A sculpture by Takashi Murakami, I bought it from Phillips Auction House when I was 20, although my taste changed when I started working as a gallerist and the first work I bought then was a work on paper by André Butzer.
Takashi Murakami, Plush Flowerball, 2008
André Butzer, Untitled, 2018
Your last acquisition?
A work on paper by Tunji-Adeniyi Jones and a big oil on canvas painting by Lydia Blakeley, pretty much at the same time, perhaps in the same week.
Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Patterns & Rituals XVI, 2019
Lydia Blakeley, The Massacre of the Innocent, 2019
Is there a common thread that unites the artworks of your collection?
I collect mainly works of female emerging artists but no I don’t have a strict path to collect, really what I like and enjoy seeing everyday on my walls.
TOP 3 favorite known artists?
Vincent Van Gogh | Mark Rothko | Miriam Cahn
Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait of Joseph Roulin, 1889
Mark Rothko, N°61, 1953
Miriam Cahn, Blue, 2017
TOP 3 emerging artists?
Define emerging these days, you have emerging artists which are more expensive than blue chip established artists, but if I have to pick I go for: Xiuching Tsay, Yulia Iosilzon and Shinuk Suh, whom are 3 artists that I work with in my gallery, If I didn’t like and believe in them enough, I wouldn’t have worked with them. This is only because I have 3 choices, otherwise I would have named all the artists I work with and represent.
Xiuching Tsay, She has her own island, 2019
Yulia Iosilzon, Eclairs, 2020
Shinuk Suh, Untitled, 2019
Your criteria of choice?
Dark works mainly wether its the subject or the colour palette, I don’t really collect sculptures that often.
Any advice for neophyte collectors?
Don’t follow trend, don’t follow Instagram, don’t buy glittery and only fancy works, buy what makes you happy or sad, a strong work that can raise any sort of emotion within you. Something that brings back a memory perhaps.
The next artistic event not to be missed?
The Instagram account that inspires you?
What does MyStudiolo bring you?
Just followed it recently, so let's see, hopefully gummy bears and a Rothko painting.
Because MyStudiolo's ambition is to fulfill all collectors' expectations...
Here is a glimpse of Daniel Rahmati's collection
Website : Daniel Benjamin Gallery