The Collectors- Paulo Anaia
Paulo Anaia is the founder of P A Safety Management Limited, a leading provider of compliance solutions for the built environment, which includes health and safety services. He attended Cambridge Art Fair in 2015, for the first time, and was impressed by the variety and calibre of art available to view and buy.
As he walked around the fair, Paulo saw a limited edition print called 'Don't Break My Heart' by the Urban Artist Rourke Van Dal. The image, a boy and girl playing a game of conkers with heart shaped conkers immediately resonated with Paulo due to his health and safety background. "I was delighted to see it had a conkers theme and I knew then and there I wanted it. A few years ago, the media and a certain politician picked up a myth about children being banned from playing conkers at school due to health and safety regulations. For a while this story became the poster child for perpetuating the notion of ‘health and safety gone mad', when in fact, many bans and restrictions are erroneously blamed on health and safety."
One of only twenty-five prints, 'Don't Break My Heart' now takes pride of place in Paulo's home office. He was impressed with the buying process at Cambridge Art Fair."Everything was easy. My print was carefully packaged for free. The wrapping station even provided a sturdy makeshift handle for carrying it home. It was already framed in a style and colour that suited me too."
Does Paulo consider himself a 'collector'? "Art collecting is one of my passions, no mean feat when my home is mostly made up of windows."
So, will he return to the fair this year? "Yes, I always manage to find space to display art that has caught my eye and captured my imagination. The Cambridge Art Fair is the perfect place to discover high-quality, established and emerging artists."
Van Dal is definitely popular within the 'Urban' genre. Since 2007 he has exhibited extensively in Europe and the USA and continues to produce artwork from his studio in Yorkshire.