San Diego Mayor Declares Sept. 28 Alejandro Salazar Day
Alexander Salazar knew September was going to be an exciting month.
As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the world-renowned Latino artist and international art dealer partnered with the Latino City Employees Association and curated an art exhibit for the lobby of the San Diego City Administration Building to celebrate the accomplishments and vast talent of the Latino community.
As part of Art San Diego, which runs through Oct. 1 at the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Salazar is showcasing the work of the artists he represents at his gallery, Alexander Salazar Fine Art.
What Salazar didn’t know is that the mayor of San Diego, Kevin L. Faulconer, was going to proclaim Sept. 28, 2017, as “Alejandro Salazar Day.”
On Thursday, during the Opening Night Preview Party at Art San Diego, a city hall official presented Salazar with the proclamation: “Be it proclaimed, that I, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, on behalf of the citizens of San Diego, proclaim September 28, 2017, to be ‘Alejandro Salazar Day’ in the City of San Diego.”
Born in Houston in 1973, Salazar studied art, religion, and history at Colorado College and earned a master’s degree in art and sociology from Boston College. He became a well-respected international art dealer for more than 20 years in Boston, New York, and Miami before moving to San Diego, where he opened Alexander Salazar Fine Art in January 2010.
As an artist, art dealer and collector, Salazar splits his time representing artists and painting his original works of art, curating art exhibits nationwide, and lecturing on art collecting and art investment.
Salazar and Patric Stillman, director of The Studio Door, will be giving an Art Talk on the art of collecting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Art San Diego. Whether you’ve always wanted to collect art but don’t know where to start or you’re ready to take your gallery wall to the next level, Salazar and Stillman will provide guidance and tips on how to begin and build a successful art collection.