Meet the committee members: Jose Luís Lorenzo

We spoke to Jose Luís Lorenzo.

Art collector and member of the Latin American Art Acquisitions Committee of the Tate Modern, London. Lorenzo is also a celebrated architect, owner of the firm Lorenzo y Asociados Arquitectos and president of DINA (Diseñadores Nacionales Asociados).

Which was your favorite moment at Swab 2022?

Unfortunately, due to these recent world circumstances I was unable to travel to the last editions, but I can talk about the last one that I attended in 2019. I would say that the best thing about Swab is its scale and the visits organized for the Collectors Program. Also, I was able to discover new artists unknown for me within the different sections of the fair.

What makes Swab different as a fair?

I think the importance lies in its scale and the way the galleries are selected and organized. I think it is very important to have a sector dedicated to Latin America. It is a way to discover and see galleries in a geographical sector very relevant and close to me. In addition, Swab improves with every edition. 

Where do you think the new trends in emerging art are heading in the coming years?

In the emerging contemporary art scene, many artists are choosing different paths. On the one hand, for example, there are those who choose digital art as a possibility. On the other hand, some remain in craftsmanship creating crosses between craftwork and art, where the boundaries between one and the other are increasingly lost. That creates new scenarios where this division no longer exists, returning to the origins of the Bauhaus where everything has to do with everything. Also there are artists who continue with the classic trend of painting. Therefore, in my opinion, we are in a moment where there is no clear trend, but everyone is looking for their own way.

Which was the last work you added to your collection?

The last one was a work by Carlos Herrera, which I bought at the Ruth Benzacar Gallery at  ArteBA Fair last October, it is a volumetric large format work, which I am very happy with. We already had Carlos’ work in the collection, so it’s also important to continue betting on his career.