Spotlight On: Independent Business: Alexander Salazar of Alexander Salazar Fine Art

Alexander Salazar Fine Art LogoAs soon as I saw the announcement for Alexander Salazar Fine Art, I knew I’d want to feature the owner, Alexander Salazar, here. Alex and I went to college together at Colorado College (CC) and he was also involved in the theater scene there. In fact, he was one of the stars of the last play I directed my senior year. Alex has obviously stayed very connected to the arts worlds since we left CC and it’s a privilege to present Alexander Fine Arts to you here.

What inspired you to start Alexander Salazar Fine Art?

It was time. I have been working as an Art Dealer for 13 years, honing my skills to one day open the gallery and, before I knew it, I was checking out retail spaces. But, the genuine inspiration comes from the artists I’ve worked with over the years. It’s a tough market and I know artists who have been denied from galleries. They are artists that are very talented but are not able to get a break. So, I decided that I would be that gallery to support the artists that I personally feel strong about.

Why art?

Art is everywhere. We wear it, we eat it, see it, make it and sometimes we destroy it. Art is in all forms and that’s what I love about it.

What’s the best advice you received as you were starting your business?

The best advice was “good luck.”  🙂

What advice would you give to someone starting up his/her own business?

Save your money and have a business plan that incorporates charities.

What do you know now that you’d wish you had known before?

I wish I knew that I could have done this a long time ago.

What do you enjoy most about owning your own business?

I can bring my two small mini schnauzers, Nechita and Mick, to work.

What should your customers/ clients know about Alexander Salazar Fine Art?

Everyone should know that the gallery donates 15% of sales at every event.  [It’s at] 7th and Broadway in San Diego, Baby!

If you’re not in San Diego, you can check out the gallery online at and on the Alexander Salazar Fine Arts Facebook fan page. If you are lucky enough to be in San Diego, don’t miss the Grace Slick (yes, that Grace Slick) Exhibition on July 10, 2010.

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