Venezuelan-born Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian purchased her first artworks at the age of 18—a Valerio Adami she loved for its strong colors and composition, and a painting by Emilio Boggio. At her wedding a year earlier, Demirdjian’s father presented her with a painting by the French artist Bernard Buffet, inspiring her lifelong passion for art collecting. Demirdjian has served as a member of the Mustique Company’s board of directors and the acquisition committees for the Guggenheim Museum and Tate Modern.

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Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian

London; Venezuela

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Collecting area:
Modern and contemporary art; Latin American art; 19th- and early 20th-century African tribal masks from Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire, and Mali

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Fun fact:

When asked whether she had a favorite work among those in her collection, Demirdjian told ARTnews, “I don't have a favorite work. Each work for me is a fountain of joy and satisfaction.”