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Gabriela and Ramiro Garza

Gabriela and Ramiro Garza

Aspen, Colorado; Mexico City

Energy (Grupo R)

Contemporary art

Overview

Though the Garzas are based in Mexico City, they’ve been regulars in Aspen during the summer for the past two decades. “Where else can you wake up, go hiking, do Pilates, attend a lecture, play tennis, and go on another hike, all in one day?” Gabriela mused in 2016 to W magazine. The Garzas are also known to open up their kitchen to fellow high-altitude collectors and other major art world players in town—among them Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg. Their dish of choice: mole. “In my opinion, we’re the best restaurant in town,” Gabriela said the W profile. 

In 2011, the Garzas announced that they would donate $1 million to the Aspen Art Museum, and they support that institution’s annual ArtCrush gala each summer. That same year, Gabriela has named a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and continues to serve on the museum’s board. The couple is also known for being frequent, supporters of local Mexico City outfits such as the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC). 

In Mexico City, the couple is surrounded by a blue-chip collection that includes work by Richard Prince, Christopher Wool, a large-scale painting by Cy Twombly, and a Jeff Koons Easter Egg sculpture in magenta and gold polished stainless steel.“If you want to dabble, fine,” Gabrielda told W. “If you need a trophy, you can buy it. If you want to invest, it’s a good investment. For me, it’s the pleasure of learning.”  

She added, “People always say, ‘I only buy this or that.’ For us, it’s a decision made in the moment, emotionally.”

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