We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria Alquicira and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maria, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to eliminate some if the pain points that affect people like me when interested in purchasing art. One of the main challenges on this purchasing process is price transparency. Unfortunately a lot of galleries and artists normally don’t share pricing information on their websites and sometimes not even in the gallery itself. The thought and making of processes are also kept behind the scenes. These combinations of missing information is making the art purchasing experience a far-off in our day to day buying decisions. While I was studying Art Management in Rome I realized the same issue happens everywhere in the world and it’s having a negative impact in young people planning to start collecting art, which eventually can debilitate the art market and hence artists careers. On the other hand, my efforts are focused on developing content that helps potential art buyers, like me, with information to break the breach and make art approachable, accessible and natural for anyone looking for a daily dose of inspiration. For example, I have all my prices published and in my content and interviews I share the process I go through to set the prices (linear inch method) and applied inspiration. It has been amazing to see how people trust more as they get familiar with how paintings are created and therefore understanding the emotional and monetary value of the pieces. My customers are not only purchasing originals (from my own collections) but also commissioned pieces which are 100% personalized and the satisfaction rates are what I’m looking for. All these result I attribute to the transparency in the art purchasing process. .

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I used to be very insecure about my professional background because I felt it wasn’t 100% defined. I studied International Relations, right after college a got an amazing job at a movie theater company where I developed new skills in the International Operations department and then I studied my Master in Arts and Culture Management specializing in Painting. I thought I would never be able to combine all my passions until I realized there was no need to combine but to used them all at the same time for the benefit of any project I decide to work on. Now I feel like I’m getting the best out of all worlds. It’s challenging and I’m not perfect at it, but waking up every day knowing that I’m in touch with the world as I understand how it functions from a social, political and economic perspective, that I have a strategic thought process focused on metrics follow up and performance and that I am a creative being that can turn anything that’s not working into a beautiful result makes me feel as proud as I’ve ever been of myself.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Start at Bishop Arts and go to The Wild Detectives for coffee, tea and pastries. Then visit Mosaic Makers Collective and get amazing items created by female owned businesses (even fun and creative Texas tokens to remember your trip!). Then head to the DMA and visits the amazing collection they have. Take a walk at Klyde Warren Park before grabbing lunch at Cane Rosso in Deep Elum, their pizzas are the best and you can stroll around the area too. For dinner head Uptown and visit Sixty Vines, you won’t regret it!

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?
Definitely my family and friends are crucial in my life, both personally and professionally but 2020 and 2021 have been years where life has given me the gift of receiving help from new people, sometimes that I just met. The first one is my former boss. He has always been very supportive, from the day I had to quit my job to go study my master in Rome, when I came back and was looking for a job and to the moment where he helped me break the fear barrier to start my own business. And then of course, new friends I’ve had the chance to meet in the creative community that have helped me sharing insights, feedback and even helping me to exhibit my art work. Jessica got me my first exhibitions in Dallas, Chelsea always keeping me updated with the art scene and to enjoy art events (hopefully to be re-activated soon!), Nina and Liz who got me my first exhibition in Austin, Katy who opened the doors for me to be part of her amazing Mosaic Makers Collective, and all my art enthusiasts our there whom I’ve met online but who’s support feels closer than ever. To all of them, I’ll be forever grateful.

Website: https://alquicirafineart.com/

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