Spanish art gallery owner celebrates 15 years in business - and a devoted husband

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 November, 2009, 12:00am

For 15 years Sofia Gaspar has been able to promote Spanish art in Hong Kong. For that, she has to thank a Canadian - her husband, Mark Brisson. 'It may sound very corny, but without him I could not have been in this business all these years,' the owner of Sofia Gaspar Spanish Contemporary Art gallery said. 'He is the man always standing beside me and even sponsoring many of the exhibitions, never asking whether I made money or lost. No matter what, he always says, 'You did well, I am proud of you'.'

The couple (pictured) met a year after Gaspar started her career as an art dealer. To mark the anniversary, a retrospective called '15 Years Is My Love' opened last Thursday. 'The gallery is only four years old but I have been presenting Spanish art for the past 15 years. At the beginning I was exhibiting in different Hong Kong galleries as well as in exhibition halls, hotels, restaurants. Having my own gallery of course makes things easier, but I would not change those years as I learned a lot.'

One thing she learned is the importance of emphasising the little accents on Spanish letters that aren't used in English. The exhibition's title, '15 A?os Tiene Mi Amor', based on the title of a famous Spanish song, was listed in CitySeen's diary last week without the accent. Let's just say, the result gave it a bummer meaning. 'The Spanish-speaking community believed I was presenting an exhibition of a**holes.'

The show ends on December 12.