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 .