In this new series, “Collector’s Edition,” we ask people about their personal art collections—from the first piece of art they ever bought to what they want to acquire next. Last time we spoke to Pedro Winter, and this time we reached out to Andres Guerrero, founder of Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco. Guerrero Gallery represents an exciting group of artists—such as Richard Colman, Greg Lamarche and Cleon Peterson—and curates engaging exhibitions, including TWBE’s Nudes. Continue reading to learn about what Andres collects.
What was the first piece of art you bought or acquired?
The first piece that I bought was a SEEN piece. How could I not buy a piece from him.
What art do you have in your personal collection now?
The work that I have in my personal collection varies within genres. Most of the work that I have collected over the years has come through Guerrero Gallery. Some of the works are by Cleon Peterson, Andrew Schoultz, Ryan Wallace, KC Ortiz, Hilary Pecis, Alex Lukas, Steve Powers and Paul Wackers. I have some sort of personal connection with most of the artists, which tends to create a greater affinity toward the works.
What is your favorite piece in your collection?
One of my favorite works is this piece by Andrew Schoultz. I bought this piece a few months after Andrew Schoultz’ solo show in New York—actually, when I purchased it, I was showing his works in a two-person show alongside of Greg Lamarche. I remember eye-balling this piece when he was shipping it out to N.Y., and for certain, I thought it would find a home immediately. Fortunately for me, it now hangs on my walls. It’s one of my most cherished pieces and one of my first significant purchases.
The power and narrative that Andrew conveys through his works is hard to pass up in general, but what really caught my eye on this piece was the main composition. Not only is it striking, but it also says something that really resonates with me. So much is offered up in this piece; it carries a lot of imagery that really exemplifies who and what Andrew stands for.
What art would you like to add to your collection?
There are so many artists that I would love to collect out of pure enjoyment, the list can go on and on. But some specific artists are Eddie Martinez, Jonas Wood, another AJ Fosik, another Richard Colman, more Paul Wackers, Terry Powers, Sam Friedman, Ryan Travis Christian and Frohawk Two Feathers! Like I said, the list can go on and on and on. Devin Troy Strother, Yarrow Slaps, Charlie Roberts…
Do you collect anything besides art?
Yeah, I guess I have a lot of collecting habits. Currently, I’ve been collecting vintage San Francisco derby jackets, Pendletons and serapes. Old wooden boxes, old metal letters and old graffiti paraphernalia.
What did you collect as a child?
I used to have a thing for hats. Still holds true for today. Bad habits die hard. Other things I used to love to collect were toys, He-Man, G.I. Joe, Transformers. I loved collecting baseball cards too, but who didn’t.