Conrad Carvalho, director of Oaktree & Tiger Gallery, is also the Collections Advisor at Rise Art. Conrad works with corporate and commercial businesses to transform their environments with art, build their art collections and support our emerging artists and partners. Check out Conrad's For the Boardroom collection here.
How did you get into the Art world?
I’d got the dream job in finance and while I was on gardening leave, before starting this role, I studied at Sotheby’s Institute of Art under Dr. David Bellingham. My original plan was to be a collector, but I found that the art world was much more interesting if you are involved in it rather than just a buyer or voyeur. This was the inspiration for a new dream and I rapidly found that I couldn’t just pursue it as a hobby, it had to be full-time, so I escaped finance to pursue it.
Outline briefly your role with Rise Art.
I am the Collections Advisor, working with corporate and commercial businesses to transform their environments with art, build their art collections and support our emerging artists and partners.
In 3 words what does Art mean to you?
Cerebral (most people would say emotional!), important, hardwork.
Who's your favourite artist?
Picasso, because learning about him has provoked in me lots of questions about art, the mind of an artist and the artist's character as a role model.
Top 3 galleries?
Oaktree & Tiger Gallery, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – the spiral design looks stunning and I still remember the Frank Gehry exhibition I saw there in Summer 2001! And then perhaps... Royal Academy of Arts – mostly for the summer exhibition as the walls are completely filled with a huge variety of carefully chosen artworks from emerging and established artists – in actually a very similar way to the Rise Art website.
What's it like to LIVE in a gallery?
Amazing to have everywhere filled with art, which changes regularly too. Not entirely comfortable, but good that lots of people want to visit all the time and I suppose I watch a lot less TV now.
Was it a hard project to actually realise?
Yes, in my head it was going to be hard work and difficult, but for different reasons than I originally thought.
What made you want to do it?
I missed the chance to be a creative. The turning point was when I was around 15 I think when I had to choose my GCSE topics. Sciences or Arts. I eventually finished with a Masters in Mathematics. Doh! So now I can fix that by working with artists and be as creative as possible without having to be good at painting and drawing.
Do you have any interesting up and coming exhibitions?
The current exhibition with our new artist Endri Kosturi has started phenomenally well and we've managed to attain a huge amount of interest from our clients and audience without much PR. His works are very cerebral and we’ve presented them in a way that really attracts people (e.g. an event with a virtuoso violinist Atsuko Kamisaku) and I’ve had some genuinely fascinating conversations about it too.
Briefly, what advice would you give to an aspiring art collector?
Buy stuff now. You’ll make mistakes, but that helps. Renting art via Rise Art is a good way to easily trial art – and in consequence become more confident in what you like. Make the art collection a part of your life, enjoy the social scene and the conversation it inspires.