Marie Journal

Meet the committee members: Marie Elena Angulo

We spoke to Marie Elena Angulo.

Art collector, patron of the Contemporary Art Society in London, a founding patron of The Drawing Room and member of the Board of Oolite Arts, one of Miami’s largest visual artist support organizations. Marie Elena is also an attorney at law specializing in financial matters.

What was your favorite moment at Swab 2022?

My favorite moment at Swab was going around the fair with the group of collectors from Miami visiting and seeing their excitement at discovering new galleries and artists.

What did you discover at Swab 2022? 

I discovered the work of Ana Tiscornia at Espacio Mínimo and the beautiful drawings of Taichi Nakamura at Cave-Ayumi Gallery.  I also enjoyed the fair program called Swab on Paper and the diverse group of galleries at that section, some of which I did not know.


Ana Tiscornia at Espacio Mínimo (Madrid)


Taichi Nakamura at Cave-Ayumi Gallery (Tokyo)


She BAM (Leipzig) at On Paper


Chiquitaroom (Barcelona) at On Paper

What makes Swab different as a fair?

It is a very welcoming environment.  Its size makes it easy to manage; collectors have the time to stop at each gallery and to engage with the work of the artists and the gallerists.  It also has an amazingly broad geographical scope, with galleries from Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, the US and Western and Eastern Europe.

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

I think there will be a move away from figurative painting, with figures merging more with abstraction. I am also curious about the trend to revisit Surrealism as seen in the last Venice Biennial, and the interest in the spiritual in the arts.  There is also the obvious trend towards digital art and the AR (Augmented Reality).

What was the last work you added to your collection?

The last two works we bought were textile pieces:  one by Lulu Varona, a young Puerto Rican artist currently exhibiting at the “No Existe Un Mundo Post Huracán” show of Puerto Rican artists at the Whitney Museum and the other piece by Regina Jestrow, a New York artist currently based in Miami, whose work explores activism and race in American history.