We had the good fortune of connecting with Bernard Markowicz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bernard, how do you think about risk?
Bernard Markowicz, owner of Markowicz Fine Art Gallery: “All my life was about taking risks. My zodiac sign is Aries, which means I tend to go with my instincts. Starting my own IT company back in the 80s was a risk. Selling my company 15 years later was also a risk. Deciding to move with my family to the United States was a risk. Not all of them paid off, but at the end of the day, I look back on everything with positivity.”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
“I began collecting art at the age of 16, so I’ve had a lifelong love affair with it. The art displayed at the Markowicz galleries is a diverse mix of European artists that I met by visiting art fairs, museums and exhibitions. Their art is a mix of sculpture, paintings, and glassworks. I’m attracted to art where the artists go beyond their comfort zone and use new materials and techniques, like the concrete works from street artist, Kai. Or innovative painting processes, used by artists such as Lyes. Or even Murano glass, utilized by Annalu. These are examples of the kind of art that sets Markowicz’s collections apart. I believe the visual art is something you see, but art that you can touch or feel gives you a whole another dimension and reaction to appreciate.”
“Markowicz first gallery opened in Miami in 2009 and 10 years later, we opened a second gallery in Dallas. Later this year, we will open a third in Laguna Niguel, California. The challenge has been to reinforce our organizational and administrative skills, but we’ve continued to improve on the process as we move forward.”
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
“First and foremost, I think touring and appreciating what the Design District in Dallas has to offer would be at the top of my list. The publicly displayed artworks spread throughout the area feature such talented artists like Daniel Arsham, Julian Voss-Andreae, and Idan Zareski. There is also fine dining at places such as Oak, and the amenities of the Virgin Hotel. This area of the city is only becoming more vibrant, diverse and alive. Also going to the Arts District just north of downtown would be a must—so much to see there, as well.”
“If a friend was visiting Dallas for the first time, I would probably also want them to see The Star in Frisco, where the Dallas Cowboys are headquartered, and also maybe the Southfork Ranch, where the TV show, Dallas, was filmed.”
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
“Overall, the support and sacrifices of my wife, Sophie, are important and deserve a shoutout. More recently, the amount of support and trust of Bill Hutchinson has given to me personally and my company, has been quite significant and I’d like to recognize his contributions.”