Get to Know Our Staff: Q&A with Alexandra Cespedes
If you’ve had much contact with Agora Gallery, there’s a good chance you’ll have come across Alexandra Cespedes, our Marketing Assistant, who works with artists to help them work out what they’re looking for in terms of promotion and ensure that they get it. Friendly, fun to be with and enormously professional, Alexandra is popular with gallery staff, visitors and artists alike!
Q&A with Alexandra
When did you first discover your interest in art?
My mother always said I was born an artist. She still has my very first painting from when I was six years old. Growing up in New York and being exposed to museums, galleries and street art, I fell in love and became an art appreciator at a very young age.
Is there anyone in your life who particularly encouraged you to explore your love for art?
My mother always pushed me to explore my talents. She enrolled me in performing art schools all through grade school and high school. She celebrated all my academic and artistic achievements. She encouraged me to pursue my love for the arts and make it my career.
What made you decide to take your interest to the next level with a BFA?
Honestly, getting my BFA seemed like the next logical and natural thing to do. While attending the Fashion Institute of Technology I was able to explore so many levels of the art industry and fashion that I was always eager to learn more. I didn’t approach it as a degree I needed in order to acquire greater success in my career, but happily continued my studies in the pursuit of knowledge.
What made you realize that you wanted to work in the fine art world?
I knew nothing else would make me happy.
What’s your favorite aspect of working at Agora Gallery?
I love working with all these highly educated, brilliant and talented women. Our team at Agora is pretty incredible and we’re all so supportive of each other which makes for a great working environment. I also enjoy meeting so many different artists from all over the world who have such tremendous talent. Listening to their experiences, stories and drive is inspiring.
If you could meet one figure from art history, who would it be?
Frida Kahlo de Rivera, the female Mexican painter who is best known for her self portraits. Her life’s work is an inspiration to me, as a Latina and female artist myself. Her work screams passion, love, and pain and she humbly put her anguish on canvas for all to see. I admire her greatly, because through all her life’s challenges she never stopped painting.