Today we’d like to introduce you to Bianca Cutait.
Bianca, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started working at 16 years old as a freelance photographer at an art gallery. No one knew, except my photography teacher and my mom. I was really good at it and it became a passion very fast and very strong, but it also came with a feeling that I wanted to have my own gallery and tell people what not to do, which I didn’t see prudent to do while freelancing at 16. After years of dedicating myself to becoming the biggest art nerd I have ever met (some say, scholar – potato, potatoe), I opened my art advisory in Brazil and in Miami. The Miami branch soon became my desired gallery and then covid came. It seemed to me it would be financially irresponsible to keep a space open with operational costs rolling and no clients digging, so I went digital and it has been a learning process, but a good one. In the meantime, while my family was recovering from a tough covid hit, I started a CBD business with a close friend, and that has been a dream come true. We are living proofs that women can do eight things at a time because my business partner is also a high-end engineer and does it all while taking her time to help people in her community. I am an immigrant in the USA and I have worked very hard to get to where I am, which is nowhere near where I want to be. But I learned to be patient and kind to myself while working hard and being resilient. Art is my passion. CBD is my reality and kindness is my rule.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My struggles need a book to be described, but every struggle we all as humans face is tangible. We need to keep our cool and power through.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Having my own gallery has been a dream and a challenge combined in equal parts. People see it as a glamorous job – it’s not. Again, I am a big art nerd, which means that I am the one who knows what to do and what to say, so delegating tasks is a task of its own. I am specialized in Latin American art because I am Latina, but my biggest personal art passion is called the Zero Group, an artist collective from post-WWII. I know so much about them. I have countless books on them and have traveled the world to see their shows. But Latin art is different. It’s all about the vehemence of our realities, the pretty in our sorrows. It seems very poetic, but it is visually appealing to understand where academic Latin art comes from, while the contemporary scene tries to follow. As a photographer, of course, I know more about the medium and the artists working with such, but I believe the quondam art movements have my heart. I have worked with Steve McCurry, an American photographer known for his portraits, where I presented tapestries done from his iconic photographs. Now I am very proud of my latest exhibition, an exclusive online show with master painter Enrique Tábara, where our new reality meets the experience from a famous, worldly known artist who has had shows in several important museums. I am thrilled to have that happening right now.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I learned that resilience is the key to any black swans that may appear while being prepared allows us to be spontaneous in our actions. Covid19 hit my family very much in many ways, which has taught me to be careful with myself more and to remember people have gone through harder times, so I am morally obligated to help the less fortunate. And I also learned that CBD is used by more people than I originally imagined.
All images are from my personal archive, from exhibitions and artworks of the gallery. Works by Gilberto Salvador, Steve McCurry, and Enrique Tábara.