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Behind the Doors of Alexander Salazar Fine Art

Here’s what local business owner Alexander Salazar wants to share with La Jolla patch readers.

Art critic, collector and art dealer Alexander Salazar re-opened his La Jolla gallery in December 2011. Salazar has sixth other dedicated art spaces in San Diego.

Patch: Why did you choose La Jolla to open your business?

Alexander Salazar: I was in La Jolla for eight years. I finished graduate studies from Harvard and moved here from Boston. In La Jolla, I saw there was unity with local businesses. Also, in the art business, it’s a wonderful coastal town that many people come for art. 

Patch: What distinguishes your business from others in the same industry?

Salazar: I primarily represent local artists, supporting them by giving them a base for exhibits. I have a lot of local customers, which is rare. Not only are they buying a piece of art, they are going beyond that. They are making a new friend and are supporting peoples’ careers and lives.

Patch: What are some of the current challenges you face as a business owner?

Salazar: The ups and downs of tourism. Right now it’s getting busier, the winter is not so busy.

Patch: What's the best business advice you've been given?

Salazar: To take risks and to give back to the community and support charities. The best advice I give to other business owners is to give back as well.

Patch: Where do you shop, eat or frequent in La Jolla? What businesses do you support locally?

Salazar: Right now the hot spot is  restaurant which just opened. I also like to go to We Olive to have a glass of wine. My favorite place to stay is .

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