Pharmaceutical businessman Juan Vergez and his wife Patricia Pearson-Vergez are staples of the Argentina and Art Basel Miami Beach scene, and for good reason. The two have stocked a former Buenos Aires ink factory with their private collection, which includes a wide array of Latin American and international modern and contemporary art that they have acquired over the last 25-odd years. In fact, the couple has been instrumental in the careers of several Argentinian artists. Vergez and Vergez-Pearson count among their holdings works by Martin Creed, Jorge Pardo, Ana Mendieta, and Tomás Saraceno.

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Patricia Pearson-Vergez and Juan Vergez

Location:
Buenos Aires

Source of wealth:
Pharmaceuticals

Collecting area:
International modern and contemporary art, especially Argentine

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Fun fact:

A Wall Street Journal article once reported that at Art Basel Miami Beach, the couple “spotted a $27,000 bubble-like balloon sculpture by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno in the booth of Copenhagen gallery Andersen's Contemporary on Wednesday. Instead of taking it home, they told the dealer they'd rather commission a similar sculpture at ‘double the size.' ”