Dean Valentine is not interested in established artists. “[It’s] not a meaningful pursuit for me,” he told the Hollywood Reporter in 2013. “I’m more engaged with why somebody’s making what they’re making, what the changes are of the time, and why this generation’s different than the last.” As a result, Valentine deals only with emerging talent, and the 600-plus works in his collection are by artists like Liz Craft, Sam Durant, Katie Grinnan, and Jonathan Pylypchuk. According to Valentine, if something is selling for over a couple of hundred thousand dollars, it’s already been picked over by the art world. As he told once told the Robb Report, “I have much more fun with art that hasn’t been validated yet, because I get to be part of that validating process.” Valentine is set to start a boutique art fair, Felix LA, in Los Angeles in 2019.

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Dean Valentine

Beverly Hills, California

Source of wealth:
Media entrepreneur

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

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Fun fact:

What advice would Dean Valentine give to those thinking about starting a collection? “The one thing I tell people who are interested in contemporary art is that good taste is the enemy of good collections,” Valentine once told the Hollywood Reporter. “Yeah, buy what you like, if you actually know something about what you’re doing. But if you don’t, don’t buy what you like. You’re probably better off buying what you don’t like.”