n an era when most art talk revolves around record-breaking prices, it is heartening to know that there
are still collectors who enjoy looking, thinking, and
discussing contemporary art. Such is the case with David
Morales and Gabriel Suarez.
Between their extensive world travel and local art
wanderings, this couple buys what speaks to them. Their
extensive collection runs the gamut from Southeast Asian
woodcarvings to narrative paintings to bronze sculpture.
“We both love art. We tend to be drawn to all art, figurative
and abstract,” says Morales. Of late, they have decided to
focus on Latin American art. While both were born in
the United States, they grew up bilingual and feel a strong
connection to their Latin American heritage. Morales,
raised in El Paso, came from a home in which his parents
insisted that their children be fluent and literate in Spanish.
Suarez, an AP Spanish teacher at Moisés E. Molina High
School, is continuing this tradition for the next generation.
Supporting Latin American artists and giving them
attention is a passion they equally share. “Latin American
art gives us a platform to expose people in Dallas to new
things,” Morales says. Ultimately, they would like to
sponsor an exhibition for young Latino artists modeled
after New Texas Talent, Craighead Green Gallery’s annual
juried exhibition that introduces new artists to the
community. Suarez adds, “To showcase Mexican talent,
with our demographic, you can inspire Latino students
to work hard. It would lend a lot of encouragement to
struggling students and give them pride.”
A CONTEMPORARY HOME FINDS A PLACE IN A TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD.