Las Cisneros, two millionaires with a lot of art

The two move around the world with the surname Cisneros. Both are collectors and patrons of Latin American art and in their past and present cross Cuba, Venezuela, United States and Spain. But in reality the only family bond that exists between Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (Caracas, 1947) and Ella Fontanals de Cisneros (Havana, 1944) is the marriage with two cousins billionaire brothers, the Venezuelan Oswaldo and Gustavo Cisneros, a link Formal that broke in 2001 with the divorce between Her and Oswaldo, the Pepsi-Cola man in Venezuela. Their collections have very different origins and dimensions and it does not make sense that their lives intersect even though both have residence in Madrid and visit the capital very often.

The clarification comes to the story because there are many who confuse the two collectors in these days in which both have been news in the pages of culture of newspapers. Patricia Phelps de Cisneros has enlarged her donation to Reina Sofía with the delivery of 45 works of 33 contemporary artists, most of Brazil and Venezuela who join the 39 pieces given only a year ago. While a few days before, She Fontanals de Cisneros reminded the Ministry of Culture that her intention to deposit part of her collection (some 3,200 works whose central axis is Latin American abstraction) in the Tobacco building in Madrid was in danger Because he sees no progress in formal management.

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros is, without a doubt, one of the most influential people in the art world. Year after year, his name did not apea the first positions of ArtReview, the Forbes List of the sector. It Is granddaughter of the ornithologist, explorer and businessman of American Origin William H. Phelps, of whom it is realized that it arrived in Venezuela dazzled by the richness of its fauna. At The age of 20 he founded and directed the Department of Languages of the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas and at 23 he married the communication tycoon Gustavo Cisneros.

She herself has told that her birth as a collector occurs during her husband's business trips both within the country and throughout Latin America. In the towns around the Orinoco, where he moves every time he can with his children, he began acquiring pieces of indigenous art with such enthusiasm that today constitutes one of the essential branches on which his immense collection of art is based Modern and contemporary Latin American, landscapes signed by artists travelling to Latin America in the 17TH and 19TH centuries and colonial art.

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, fundadora de la Fundación Cisneros y la Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, founder of the Cisneros Foundation and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Álvaro García

Allergic to numbers, he has never wanted to specify the number of works he possesses or his economic valuation. The collections are found in different perfectly classified deposits and neither she nor her husband aspires to have a museum with her name. Its aim is to ensure that Latin American art has the visibility it deserves in the world. Linked to the patronage of museums such as MoMA or Reina Sofía, Patty, as it is known in the art world, has achieved its goal with a growing

The family of Ella Fontanals de Cisneros, the other millionaire and collector of Venezuelan art, left Cuba and settled in Caracas after the triumph of the Castro revolution. In the capital, She worked as a teacher of English or swimming until in 1968 She met and married Oswaldo Cisneros, owner of Pepsi and Digitel, among many other things.

It Does Not appear that in those years the then political premiums had a close relationship. Knowledgeable People of both assure that communication was never very fluid. Of course, She also said that She began acquiring works of art during the business trips she Fontanals with her husband. Sometimes with consultants and others guided by his intuition was making collection of pieces that experts consider important.

Its essential nuclei are the geometric abstraction of Latin America, Contemporary international and Latin American Art, contemporary video and modern and contemporary photography. Mother of three daughters, one of whom the Emparentó with Mallorcan Cristina Macaya, resides between Madrid and Miami. In The North American city is the headquarters of the Fundación Cisneros-Fontanals. Under different formulas (bailed, temporary loan) has deposited works in museums such as the Tate Modern in London or the Reina Sofia in Madrid.

It is Now waiting to materialize the agreement signed in 2018 with the government of Rajoy, an agreement for the creation of the Center for Contemporary Art of the Americas located in the old Tobacco building. But the political crisis in Spain has interfered with the project and the patron has announced that while everything is resolved in one way or another will go on vacation and begin to write his memoirs. In those future pages of Memories You May get into details about the relationship with your former political cousin. We'Ll Have to wait.

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