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Bringing Haitian Art to the World
Myriam Nader Salomon, Owner, Myriam Nader Haitian Art Gallery, was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, surrounded by beautiful Haitian arts. Her father instilled in her his artistic passion, and she started managing his art galleries in Haiti in 1989. Myriam moved to the US because of her son’s illness and to support herself while taking care of him, all the while she had was conquering the art world by promoting the beauties of Haitian arts. She opened a brick-and-mortar art gallery in Coral Gables, Florida, with her siblings, and when Myriam moved to NY, she decided to go solo and opened a virtual art gallery that she is still running in NY.
In 2007, Myriam built a full virtual art gallery that offers a plethora of artwork from the most known artists to the less known artists from Haiti and its diaspora. “My vision is to make the world aware of Haiti’s vibrant creativity and unique beauties by selling and promoting its rich culture through its arts,” says Myriam. “My goal has always been to allow Haitian artists from all backgrounds to shine through my website and guide collectors through their selection of fine art and provide them with expert appraisals of their art and the art they wish to purchase.
My gallery is committed to originality and competitive pricing.”
Conservative parents raised Myriam to be docile and polite rather than bold and assertive to fit with Haiti’s traditional expectations of female behaviors leading her to seek her father’s approval. This conditioning didn’t persist after graduating from New York University. It, however, molded her into a perfectionist and contributed to her success as a businesswoman. Going solo and digital was challenging and exciting. Myriam had more creative challenges to deal with and was accountable for her gallery’s good and bad decisions alone. Her career turned to be very exciting with her ongoing education and recognition. It took Myriam some time to learn how to run a business in the US and earn her clients’ trust. As a migrant businesswoman, she grew her database of clients and inventory and learned to be a professional art appraiser to nurture her small niche of art collectors.
Being the Haitian art dealer and a professional art appraiser that Myriam is today took her years of experience, education, dedication, and persistence to improve. Nothing came quickly despite the fact, she had the basic knowledge and training of the art business in Haiti before moving to the States.
According to Myriam, the art business is going through a global change, especially in this time of Covid-19. She constantly needs to think out of the box and is always happy to do so. “I love what I do because I know I am selling beautiful and valuable artwork from Haiti and I am determined to allocate the time, energy and money to its dissemination worldwide.”
Myriam is inspiring and empowering women entrepreneurs across industries into becoming great leaders of tomorrow. She feels passionate about her gallery and Haitian art and believes that their arts are the best ambassadors to showcase Haiti’s best. “With so much negativity about my homeland, exposing our rich culture through beautiful artworks and values is vital. I will continue to voice and work to educate others about the beauty and sophistication of our arts,” says Myriam. “My goals are clear, and I strive joyfully to accomplish them. I am determined to achieve what I set out to do and do it enthusiastically.” Her advice is to never give up on what you believe in. “Follow your heart with a plan and have faith. Perseverance, hard work, dedication, and determination are keys. Don’t let an opportunity pass by, and the male-oriented world defines who you are and what you can do. The sky is the limit once you have the passion, the skills, and the resources,” elucidates Myriam.
Myriam’s role model is her father, who instilled his passion for Haitian art into her. Since a little girl, she watched him selling, promoting skills, and interacting with his clients with respect and admiration. He is the man who contributed to putting Haitian art on the international map, and today Myriam is proudly following in his footsteps against all odds.
But the road was not always a bed of roses for Myriam. She has had to make numerous personal sacrifices throughout her career. The quality of her relationships and her health suffered from her hard work and dedication to the gallery. “I am constantly working and thinking of my business, meaning spending less time to devote to family, friends, or myself. Less sleep time too. But in the end, I just look at what I have accomplished and what is there to be accomplished in the days to come. And that makes me strive ahead!”
Throughout her career, Myriam learned that it takes courage, determination, ambition, and hard work to be a female leader in the US. The unique touch of a woman makes it perfect! A woman is a better listener and nurturer of human relationships. A solid female leader needs to be a good listener, mindful, responsible, opened-minded, creative, problem-solver, and doer. Armed with this ideology, Myriam has been taking her art gallery to new heights.
“Selling art is my birthright. I came from a family of gallerists. I founded Myriam Nader Haitian Art Gallery out of my passion for Haitian art and my understanding of the critical role the creative industry can help play in helping Haiti go forward by promoting what it has the best to offer and creating a new narrative by starting with the arts,” says the steadfast leader. “I have been involved in Haitian art for the past 32 years. While I have received many awards and I’ve been highlighted in several media, I consider my most significant accomplishment is keeping the flame alive via disseminating the value and beauty of Haitian art under sometimes difficult circumstances.”
Myriam Nader Haitian Art Gallery plans to have more virtual exhibitions and fundraisers on several venues to educate, connect, and touch her buyer’s lives, showcase, promote the Haitian arts’ diversity and put them back on the international map at their just values like they were in the 1960s.
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