We have long swooned over Nazem Ahmad’s art collection from a distance. Full of household names of some of the most prolific Modern and Contemporary artists, such as Richard Prince, Yoshimoto Nara, George Condo, KAWS, Basquiat, and Robert Indiana, Ahmad has been building his collection for close to 30 years. Also providing daily entertainment is Ahmad’s Instagram, which serves as inspiration to our art obsessed minds. Here, we talk to Ahmad about his relationship with collecting.
When did you first become interested in collecting art and where did you interest come from?
Ever since I was a child I have been very sensitive to art. Growing up, my family moved a lot from continent to continent. The cultural narratives of the different countries I’ve lived in impacted my view on art. As I began collecting in the 90’s, the focus on Postmodernism and Contemporary Art followed a few years later. Collecting for my family and I is a genuine, productive and rational activity, a passion that stimulates our life. The power of art has a very particular way of widening perspectives on day to day basis.
What was the first piece of art you purchased?
The first piece of art I purchased was a work on paper by Picasso.
How do you go about choosing what to add to your collection?
Sometimes I mainly focus on established artists that I already collect and other times, I fully support emerging artists. It really depends on what cultivates my drive of collecting at the particular moment. Mainly what my eyes fall for.
Who are some of your favorite artists working today?
I don’t have particular favorite artists. It varies on each day on my perspective of the day of the emotional state I am at many different factors!
How do you keep up to date with the latest art trends?
Browsing work on social media helps. I constantly read about art news and embrace new projects in the field. I really think to stay up to date it’s important to keep your eyes and ears open. I am in contact on a daily basis with different people I consider key figures in the art world in different places around the world. We discuss a lot different matters over the phone, sharing the new experiences we face daily.
Why do you find art to be a worthwhile investment?
I don’t like to think of art as an investment I only add to my collection artworks I believe trigger different emotions and have confronted me to see things differently. The key to always stay satisfied with your collection is to only have artworks you have fallen in love with and consider them your kids.
What advice would you give to someone starting their own art collection?
First and foremost take risks, then buy with your heart but always use your head and finally navigate the now.
What is the next piece you would like to add to your collection?
The next pieces I’d like to add to my collection would be a Rothko, De Kooning, and a Nicolas Party.