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Nov 10, 2007
Born 1963 in Tel Aviv, Israel, my passion for the visual arts came at a young age. I remember the paintings in my aunt’s studio as a child. But as is the custom in Israel, after graduating from high school, I was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces where I served as a paratrooper from the age of 18 to 21.
Shortly after leaving the service, I became an apprentice in a local diamond cutting office at the Israeli Diamond Exchange. After 2 years, I crossed the Atlantic. I landed on American soil in 1987 and for 20 years, traveled the world as a diamond importer. All the while, I found time to visit Museums and galleries worldwide and build my personal collection, eventually realizing that I yearned to have a more direct connection to the arts.
I felt that as a patron of the arts, it would be better for me, mentally and emotionally, if I was representing artists versus just collecting them.
Having bought my first piece of art at the age of 30, a $400 drawing by a South American master, I reminisced back to my days as a child, watching my aunt paint in her studio, and realized that’s what was lacking. I decided that the second part of my life was going to be in the arts and what I love. So, in 2005, I opened the Moti Hasson Gallery in New York’s highly coveted Chelsea gallery district, where I now represent a very successful roster of international artists, whose works are showcased in Museums around the world and are part of world renowned collections.
Our goal is to really focus on the program and to show what we conceive to be important work. We’re really young and superambitious. I think we’re showing tomorrow’s stars. There’s no doubt in my mind that that’s what we’re doing here.