There are many collectors who are de facto dealers and many of them are closely associated with a specific market or artist’s work. Art Basel Miami Beach features the latest of these tastemakers, Rámon Cernuda who is the most influential dealer in Cuba art:
The selection of Cernuda Arte by a Basel committee brings to the international forefront the art of Modernist Cuban masters who lived and worked in Havana from the 1930s through the 1960s — art that has been gaining stature and attention worldwide with record-breaking sales at auction and major exhibitions in Montreal and London.
Cernuda set the record for prices three years ago when he bought Mario Carreño’s stunning masterpiece from 1943, Danza Afrocubana, for $2.6 million at a New York auction. He exhibited the work at his gallery, then sold it for $3 million to a Miami collector.
At Basel, Cernuda hopes to set another record with the sale of Wifredo Lam’s 1944 large-scale portrait of his engagement to the German scientist Helena Holzer, Les Fiancés, estimated to be worth more than $3 million.
Collector Basks in Basel Spotlight (Miami Herald)