A Collector’s House With Art From the Kitchen to the Garden

Show Us Your Walls
By Shivani Vora
Leticia and Miky Grendene and their puppy Lulu at their Miami home with, from left, Seydou Keita’s large “Untitled” (1949-1951), and a portrait of Keith Richards by Sante D’Orazio from a 2002 Rolling Stone cover. Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
MIAMI — The kitchen is where all the action happens at the waterfront home of Leticia and Miky (pronounced Mickey) Grendene. For that reason, they have used the large and inviting space as a canvas for their art collection, which is largely made up of photographs. The couple — he is 56 and from Italy; she is 52 and has Mexican-Puerto Rican roots — own Casa Tua, a restaurant and private club in Miami. The trove of photos in their home in the Bay Point neighborhood includes more than 100 pieces by artists as diverse as Irving Penn, Paulo Nazareth, and Seydou Keita. “Generally, we gravitate to pictures that are happy and uplifting and have some meaning to them,” Ms. Grendene said of their collection. [More]
Items from the Grendenes’ collection, from left, the elephant print “Nila” (2000), by Walton Ford; “Summer Fashions,” an American Vogue cover (1941), by Horst P. Horst; and “Palazzo Giustinian” (2004), by Matthias Schaller. Scott McIntyre for The New York Times