Guido Romero Pierini, galerist & collector
Portrait of Guido Romero Pierini in front of the works of Lou Ros from the "SDP" series, after views of the Salins des Pesquiers in Hyères, Courtesy Clément Sauvoy
Your first memory related to art?
The outdoor exhibition of monumental sculptures by Botero in 1992 from the Concorde to the roundabout of Champs-Elysées, I was 12 years old. My summers in Florence, a museum city where even the stones are precious!
Your first acquisition?
A painting by Japanese painter Kenichi Hoshine, circa 2013.
Your last acquisition?
The last piece in my collection is a painting by Lou Ros that he recently gave me.
The masterpiece that you would like to have in your collection?
A painting from the series tribute to Monet's Water Lilies by Alex Katz.
Lou Ros, Close up fou, Acrylic, oil and pastel on canvas 81x100 cm, 2020
Alex Katz, Homage to Monet 5, Oil on canvas, 182,9 x 365,8 cm, 2009 © Alex Katz, 2019. Photo: Paul Takeuchi, Adagp, Paris, 2019
Why did you choose the profession of gallery owner?
The profession of gallery owner came naturally to me following the network woven by the writing platform Boom! Bang! that I launched in 2011 with my friends Clare-Mary Puyfoulhoux and Jérôme Levy.
Did you have any influences that carried you?
My meeting with Suzanne Tarasieve in 2015 and the resulting curation at her place at Loft19.
What was your first exhibition?
My first exhibition was a group show with among others Lou Ros and Pascal Vilcollet, two artists with whom I still work today. It was in 2013 in an associative place in Paris.
How was the exhibition So Close born?
So Close was born in an artistic emergency context in support of the local and contemporary scene in June 2020 after two months of strict confinement.
Exhibition view of the So Close with works by Mario Picardo, Lou Ros and John Fou, Courtesy Romain Darnaud
Exhibition view of So Close 2 with works by Antoine Donzeaud, Juliette Minchin, Clément Mancini and Cyrielle Gulacsy, Courtesy Romain Darnaud
In your job, what artistic line do you follow?
Today the energy in the market is completely oriented towards emergence. I believe that contemporary art has above all a social and educational role, that it speaks to us about current and future concerns.
How do you discover your artists? How do you select them?
I identify the artists that I like and I follow their evolution over a certain period of time, then I meet them to propose a collaboration with a group show proposal, which is then consolidated by a personal exhibition.
And with collectors? What are their expectations?
For many collectors, galleries are a place of advice, transmission and training of their artistic taste. There are as many types of collectors as there are individual sensibilities. There is, however, one common thread: the excitement of collecting.
Any advice for new collectors?
Trust your instincts, art is above all a matter of taste and passion!
The next artistic event not to be missed?
Personal exhibitions of Marion Bataillard and Lou Ros.
And a cycle of three group exhibitions that will explore the original balance of the mineral, vegetal and surrounding space reigns with Arnaud-Faure Beaulieu and curated by MG Atmosphere.
The Instagram accounts that inspires you?
How do you see the future of the gallery?
I think in the future I will continue to present and look for new artists. Be present internationally through fairs, and then, why not, open a new gallery, in another country in a few years ...
What does MyStudiolo bring you?
It is a very practical daily tool to manage my collection.
MyStudiolo also provides me with support and digital visibility throughout the So Close 2 exhibition while waiting for great joint projects to come!