We had the good fortune of connecting with Francisco Adaro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Francisco, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was traveling all over the place for art shows and gallery placements and replacements. This was fun until my wife and I decided we wanted to start a family. She was a Sommelier which was a job that required long hours, weekends and holidays and between that and all the traveling for art we knew that having our own gallery would be a much better more stable life for a family. It was extremely hard and we had about 3 years of extreme poverty before we built up a solid clientele but now we’re in a great place financially and have an equally good reputation among the other artists we represent and our clients. We’re very fortunate that we’ve been able to transition.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Professionally I’ve always known I was an artist from the time I was 8. Any job I took was just a means to support my art. Like most artists I paint or create using the inspiration of my surroundings. When I was in Buenos Aires I was surrounded by social and economic conflicts so I tended to paint murals based on this. Now, I live in Florida and have goats, rescue squirrels, dogs, Cats, Chickens, kids, a wife and beaches so my works have a much lighter, more familial quality now. I am where I am now through lots and lots of slow very slow steps forward. My wife and I both sacrificed a whole lot of comforts for years taking multiple jobs and not spending a coin unless it was for the growth of the business. We were able to over come these challenges because lucky for us my wife had helped build a couple businesses from scratch and knew and prepared us for what we were in for. She knew to the day when we would finally be able to turn a profit. One of the lessons I’ve learned is to embrace lots of other artists works that are less expensive. We’ve got art, really cool art, that’s less than $50. Even our stickers I designed and we sell them like crazy. It’s made us a very stable gallery with a consistent income stream that we wouldn’t have otherwise. Our brand have become focuses of artists that are very serious about their craft but all have a light, airy, colorful whimsical side. If you were to meet most of our artists and myself we all have a good sense of humor and I think it’s reflected in my work and in our gallery.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d go anywhere that have a fresh hand crafted cocktail and a great asado and latin music.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Family. I wouldn’t be here without the unyielding support of my family. From my parents encouragement to my wife’s business skills to my son’s inspiration.
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