Saturday, December 19, 2020

Inside My Collection: Chris Lee and Nyssa Fajardo Lee

Portrait of Chris Lee and Nyssa Fajardo Lee with works by Kehinde Wiley and Naudline Pierre. Photo by Daniel Dorsa for Artsy.
From their apartment on the West Side of Manhattan, Chris Lee and Nyssa Fajardo Lee have been building an impressive collection of art by artists of African and Latin American descent. Chris, a real estate investor, and Nyssa, a health care attorney, began collecting in 2010, the year they got married. Around that time, Chris reached out to his mentor, Ray McGuire, who is the chairman of the board of the Studio Museum in Harlem, to ask McGuire how he began collecting. In turn, McGuire invited the couple, then in their early thirties, to join the museum’s acquisition committee—the panel of experts who decide which works the museum will add to its collection. [More]