We had the good fortune of connecting with Yonaida Correale and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yonaida, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My relationship with the art world started as a child. My parents instilled in us an interest in taking us to visit Art Museums in our Hometown Caracas-Venezuela. My older brother and I, we have always been linked to art in any of its artistic expressions, as well as music, organ classes and Cuatro were our favorite musical instruments, we also liked to paint pictures. I remember that my father bought us Paint Kits and we let our imaginations fly as children, those pieces of art still decorate my parents’ house. Over the years, my interest in Art was reinforced in me when I began to travel around Europe and kept the tradition of visiting Art Museums, and even something that for me has become a ritual, consists of visit all the churches that come my way, during my long walks in the new cities. I love learning the history of the Church, contemplating its architecture and admiring it ad nauseam . In 2015, I visited for the first time the beautiful Museo Correale di Terranova in Sorrento, Italy, which, although small, aroused my interest in art even more and I was left with that feeling of at some point doing something related to and for the art. It was not until 2018, when the idea was born at an informal dinner in the city of Miami , to open a Virtual Art Gallery , the idea promoted by the plastic artist Reymond Romero and his Assistant Alexo Santiago, great friends . Currently, Reymond Romero is one of the artist s represented by Correale Gallery in the United States. We thought at that time that the digital boom will allow us to exhibit different artistic manifestations immediately and reach a larger audience and that is how this virtual space was born, as an artistic platform to publicize Latin American art, creativity and culture in the world. Due to the global pandemic in 2020, in April we decided to pause the momentum for different reasons. This is how from October 2020 we returned to Correale Gallery, located as the headquarters in Miami, where all commercial operations will be carried out through our family business. For now, we work with three Venezuelan artists: Reymond Romero, Oscar Olivares and Dorita, we are in the process of relaunching our website and we have designed an interesting marketing plan for the year 2021, which will include the incorporation of new plastic artists , new innovative global activities , launching of pieces of utilitarian arts and for daily use, as well as we want to characterize ourselves as a socially responsible Virtual Art Gallery and contribute economically to Charitable Institutions , and include and support as many artists as possible.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
At Correale Gallery, we want to present projects and artists with great pride and believe in new generations of artists. We are interested in promoting and managing your representation, to take your art everywhere. We have not yet reached where we want to go, we are still in diapers and trying to walk, but if we have a clear objective and it is nothing more than to position ourselves as a Virtual Art Gallery, friendly, serious, responsible, with personalized attention of its own Art Dealer for CEO. So far the lessons along the way have been many, the important thing is not to stop dreaming. I would like my brand to expand to other areas such as the Fashion Industry.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Miami there are many places to visit, and eat well. Currently, with the Covid situation, we have to be very careful to protect ourselves from the virus, it is important to visit sites that guarantee cleaning and disinfection. My itinerary would start every day very early in the morning, I would take my friend to see the sunrise in Miami Beach, followed by a succulent breakfast with Arepas in the best Venezuelan style at El Arepazo, Sabor Venezolano and Don Pan would be points to visit. I would visit the beaches of West Palm Beach, there is a very special place for me called Old Key Lime House, in a Seafood Restaurant with a beautiful view and an excellent atmosphere. Another site, I would visit the City Place in West Palm Beach. There is always a good restaurant there to visit. Pérez Art Museum, Vizcaya Museum, Contemporary Museum of Art in North Miami, Venetian Pool, among others. Visit the train stations, go to West Palm Beach by train on the Brightline. Visit the Morikami Japanese Museum in Delray Beach, and the Museum of Art in Boca Raton. Visit the Schnebly Redland’s Winery, eat the best Italian pizza at Acqua e Farina. You could not miss visiting some important temples, such as the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Doral and the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Kendall. American restaurants such as: Totem Miami, Bachour Restaurant cannot be missing from the itinerary. Visit the Florida Keys, walk and get to the closest point between Florida (Key West) and Cuba, we would visit the beaches of Marco Island, the Naples Pier and its beaches to see the sunset.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To my parents, who have always supported me in all my projects, not only professionals, but also personal ones.My father is an Italian immigrant, who came to Venezuela since he was 13 years old, he with his effort and his work managed to achieve his dreams and have a happy and united family. Despite my age and living in different countries, I know that I have a home where I can be when I want and with a lot of love. This has given me the impulse to change countries, start from zero and have the strength and will to pursue my own dreams. I can also mention my brother, who has always been there for me, supporting me in my dreams and those friends, who have always pushed me to achieve my goals, with their words of encouragement and support. I cannot fail to mention the work team that accompanies me in this Correale Gallery adventure, where together we are working to bring this dream to life, which is not only mine, it is theirs as well.
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