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Life and Work with Dainy Tapia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dainy Tapia.

Dainy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always loved and appreciated art. One of my earlier memories is from being at an outdoor art auction, sitting on top of my dad’s shoulders; in the auction, there was this little ceramic harlequin sculpture that caught my eye and I really liked it, and my dad was able to get it. This piece was by no means one of a kind, but the experience felt like winning and I took home a prize that I enjoyed for years. Art appreciation was a bond that formed right then and there. There were not many luxuries at my house growing up, but through time my father acquired many original oil paintings, and those were admired and talked about frequently. Some were from an Italian artist, probably an immigrant in Venezuela at the time, some were from a young artist he knew from his hometown, but they all were cherished and taken care of.

When I took Art History at school, it was love at first sight with my class book that looked like a catalog of art from all ages. I had to do a project about an artist in that same class, and I can’t remember if I chose or was assigned Picasso but learning about Picasso and his work was exhilarating; all those color periods, all those weird shapes. I dreamed of seeing those and many other artworks in person. Later when I came to the USA for the first time as an adult, the first ‘attraction’ I visited was The National Gallery of Art, in Washington D.C., and the dream of seeing worldly renown artworks up close had come true. Ever since then, visiting art museums and losing myself in them has been one of my favorite activities. Yet art always felt like a bit of a guilty pleasure, I’m not an artist, so I felt like I couldn’t contribute anything, only consume.

After many years of working on a science-oriented career that even though was successful, it didn’t feel rewarding, I decided to elope with my true love, art! It was not a decision that was made impulsively. It took time, and I am still exploring, but I have worked at it every day since I embarked on this path of recognizance of the art world, especially in Miami and South Florida, and wherever my travels might take me.

Thinking of a way of contributing something and not only consuming art, I thought of sharing the many art pictures I had collected through the years of my museum visits and photographing works of art at random places, so I started an Instagram account. Then I discovered that there were many people, especially in New York, dedicated to showing what is happening in the art world from their perspective. Hence I started to take more pictures, and visit more museums and galleries, and photograph more art in public places, and visit more artists. Chasing art everywhere makes me aware of many connections and opportunities for collaboration among artists and art professionals in general. That’s what I have been doing every day since I started @art.seen.365. Talking to people about art, trying to create synergies, taking and sharing pictures and information about art and artists every day of the year, like an obsession!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I feel that I have lived enough and have sufficient professional experience to know that things really work out when you put your attention and your intention on them, and I am positive this is just the beginning of a very productive path. The hard part is usually figuring out what you really want to do, but once you know that, if you truly want to do it, all your energy and efforts will be put on doing what you love. Artists are a great example of tenacity. The really good ones, work at their craft relentlessly, every day, and manage to blossom and to get their message across. To younger people I’d say, take Joseph Campbell’s advice: follow your bliss. It still will be hard work, but you’ll feel fulfilled doing it. If you don’t really know what you want to do, explore, read, listen, observe, ask questions.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with ArtSeen365 – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My work is to promote art and artists. I act as an agent for some artists and as an art consultant for clients looking for artwork. My previous career gave me many years of experience managing projects, personnel, and expectations, as well as understanding client requirements and rendering them to a successful delivery. All that experience, including my IT background (I have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an M.A in Communication Arts), is put to the service of the artists and clients I work for.

For artists, I look for opportunities to promote and advance their careers, and this brings me genuine joy and satisfaction. For clients, depending on their requirements, I look for the best possible artwork, the one that would make them most satisfied, not the most expensive, or cheapest, but the right one for them.

I say my work is to promote art and artists first and foremost because without real appreciation for art and the value artists bring to society, the financial aspect of the business wont be there either. Although selling art is an exhilarating part of my job, I truly believe my mission transcends sales. My goal is divulging what artists are producing as a result of the times we are living in. For that, I go wherever art is being made or shown. I take pictures, I talk to the artists, the curators, the gallery owners, the museum workers, and the public. I share what I find on my Instagram account @art.seen.365, where I am the curator.

As a brand, what I am prouder of is to have the support of the artists and art professionals that follow my account and often provide positive feedback and acknowledgment. I love being part of the art community and feel a great responsibility to portrait artists’ work in a fair light so that people can look at the work, and ask their own questions. I have a rule of never posting anything without crediting the artist, or the people who made possible for that exhibition, work or pop-up to come to life. Being a true lover and supporter of the arts is what makes me do this job I have embarked upon.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
In the art industry, as in most industries, there is still a lot of work to be done to get closer to gender equality, but I’m hopeful, as I see more and more women being positioned as decision makers. In South Florida in particular, most of the leadership positions at art museums are currently held by women, i.e. Bonnie Clearwater, Director & Chief Curator of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; Chana Budgazad Sheldon, Executive Director of MOCA North Miami; Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Bass Museum of Art; Lorie Mertes, Executive Director of Locust Projects; Jill Deupi, Director of Lowe Art Museum (UM), and Jordana Pomeroy, Director and Chief Curator of Frost Art Museum.

I think all these women are great examples of leadership and we can look for guidance on their career paths. There are also a great number of women artists working in Miami and South Florida today, and it should be our goal to support them on their roles as creators by providing honest feedback, attending their events, talking to other people about their work, looking for ways to creatively collaborate with them and buying their art, when possible.

During the month of September 2018, there were four solo shows by local women artists in Miami, in some of the most important museums in the City. It started with Sheila Elias at the Lowe Art Museum, followed by Karen Rifas at The Bass, then Mira Lehr at MOCA North Miami, and finally Lynne Golob Gelfman at PAMM. Four women that have long artistic careers, and that have worked for years in Miami. I think these ladies have opened the door a little wider for women artists to come through.

I don’t think it is necessary for the workforce to be evenly divided exactly 50/50 female/male in all fields, but it is necessary to create an environment in which people are free to pursue a career and have equal opportunities independently of any factors other than their abilities and desire to work on it.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 305-878-2894
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @art,seen,365

Image Credit:
Personal Photo taken by Jessica Rojas, in front of Michele Oka Doner sculpture at Doral Downtown Park, Picture with colorful background, taken by Jessica Rojas in front of PAMM Inside/Out copy of painting by Alice Aycock, Picture on a chair, taken by friend at PAMM, Picture with silver background: selfie at Tampa Museum of Art, Picture behind camera, taken by my son at Dali Museum

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