We had the good fortune of connecting with Piero Spadaro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Piero, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I was unusually fortunate to discover my life’s passions incredibly young, and I was encouraged and nurtured to pursue it. I have been able to stay in my lane (so to speak) and to thrive in it, which has provided proof of concept, and endeared Hang Art to generations of collectors and alliances. Like any business, we experiment, and expand, but our core tenants remain anchored. We are a meaningful partner for collectors who want to be locavore with global credibility, while finding art they love.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My summer prior to heading to college, I was able to convince some generous adults to create a summer gallery internship program for me at Hang. Fast forward a decade plus later, I now own and direct that same gallery. Founded in 1998 by Shanna McBurney in Downtown San Francisco, Hang Art bridges the gap between artists and collectors by nurturing and growing the careers of talented, undiscovered artists, and expanding the collections of emerging and established collectors. Acting as an incubator, Hang Art has launched the careers of dozens of emerging artists using their unique gallery model which was designed to develop the studio practice of each artist and grow their market value. Some of our notable alumni include: John Herschend, Green Renaissance pioneer Josh Keyes, Maja Ruznic, Tim Yankosky, and Siddharth Parasnis. Hang Art’s mission has always been one of accessibility as we strive to make art collecting as straightforward and transparent as possible. Keeping this in mind, Hang Art has posted art prices clearly and publicly since day one, a practice that to this day, is typically unheard of in the opaque art world. Additionally, the gallery’s revolutionary rental program allows clients to experience living with a specific work in their home without the long term commitment of ownership. Hang Art’s atmosphere is welcoming, a place where uninitiated collectors can ask questions without inhibition.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would be eating and drinking well! Roses Café, Della Rosa and Marlowes are regular lunch faves. Cotogna, Greens and Kokkari Estiatorio are always at the top of my dinner list. The Interval, PCH and a visit to The Battery to close out the night. Coffee, there is a lot of coffee to be had in San Francisco; Wrecking Ball, Bean Stalk Café, Saint Franks and Equator seem to be in my regular rotation. As a native of San Francisco, even in these pandemic times, it’s hard to imagine wanting to live anywhere else. The city spoils us with vistas and mild microclimates met with a gold rush entrepreneurship that keeps driving innovation and favors homegrown. I spend a lot of time walking around the (mostly walkable) 7×7 miles. Bring layers, wear comfortable shoes, and you’ll pretty much be ready for anything.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents prioritized education, and in many ways, I am a byproduct of those institutions philosophically; Cathedral School for Boys, The Urban School, the Oxbow School and MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). I fostered meaningful relationships and found lifelong mentors at each place who have continued to inform different facets of my being.