Susana and Ricardo, right, Steinbruch.|________©PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM

Susana and Ricardo Steinbruch are part of a relatively new group of Latin American collectors that have been taking their place on the international art stage in the last 10 to 15 years. The couple’s influence has been so widely felt that in 2010 they were recognized by the Stephen Friedman Gallery exhibition “Tasters’ Choice,” as one of six “tastemakers”—private collectors who have played an instrumental role in the evolution of museums and other collections around the world. They began their collection with the works of key figures from the 1950s Brazilian avant-garde—artists like Lygia Clark, Mira Schendel, and Hélio Oiticica. In recent years they have branched out, acquiring works by contemporary Latin American artists like Gabriel Orozco and Damián Ortega.

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Susana and Ricardo Steinbruch

São Paulo

Source of wealth:
Textiles (Vicunha Textil)

Collecting area:
Modern and contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

The Steinbruchs have been major supporters of key exhibitions in the United States that have increased the visibility and influence of Latin American artists. Among the most recent of these are “Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2014, and the Doris Salcedo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2015.