Ari S. Kupsus – Gallery Owner
In ten contemporary shows a year, the Ari Kupsus Gallery showcases a diverse blend of local and international artists who are linked by figurative techniques and devotion to beauty.
Each year, Ari S. Kupsus awards scholarships to four to six promising students from the Academy of Fine Arts Budapest. The honorees are featured in an annual group exhibition and one exceptional student also receives a solo show.
Complementing the temporary artwork, the gallery also features a rare antique collection that is reorganized for each exhibition to highlight the aesthetic harmony between the styles. The antique furniture and paintings span from the 18th century to the very early 19th century and include uncommon Northern European and Scandinavian Biedermeier and Empire pieces.
Finnish entrepreneur Ari Kupsus opened the gallery on September 23, 2009. As host of the Ari S. Kupsus Salon Concert Society for nearly 17 years, Mr. Kupsus was encouraged by the popularity of small-scale exhibitions at his events and decided to expand his presence in the local visual art scene. A veteran antique collector with an affinity for early 19th-century Russian finds, Mr. Kupsus applies his personal passions and his professional background in high fashion and interior design to build his private collection.