Maurice Marciano, who, along with his three brothers, founded the American fashion company Guess Jeans, began collecting art in 1990 with a few Impressionist works. Following a realization that he couldn’t own much work if he stuck with Impressionism (most of the good stuff is in museums or prohibitively expensive), Marciano began buying contemporary art. He now owns a variety of pieces by well-known artists, such as Takashi Murakami and Sterling Ruby, and lesser-known emerging California artists. In 2013, Marciano and his brother Paul bought a Masonic temple on Wilshire Boulevard, and they opened their private museum there, Marciano Art Foundation, in 2017.

© 2019 ARTnews Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. ARTnews® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Maurice Marciano

Los Angeles

Source of wealth:
Retail (Guess)

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
, , , , ,

Fun fact:

Marciano often exhibits contemporary art in his Los Angeles Guess stores. It’s not unusual to see a Thomas Houseago or an Allora & Calzadilla next to a rack of jeans.