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Andy Valmorbida’s Commitment to Philanthropy and Art Education

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Andy Valmorbida is the storied art entrepreneur who focuses just as much of his energy on giving back as he does on pushing the boundaries of the art space. Famous for democratizing access to art by popularizing the concept of the pop-up art show, Valmorbida has a habit of critically engaging in the art industry in a way that is simultaneously innovative, exciting, and meaningful. With recent projects aimed at rekindling the public’s interest in revolutionary street artist Richard Hambleton, philanthropic efforts are never far from Valmorbida’s mind. Valmorbida recently announced he is committing to start the Richard Hambleton Foundation in order to help fund art education grants.

Harkening to his start in the industry opening up access to art with a new type of art exhibit, pop up art shows, Valmorbida is continuing this tradition of innovation with the new Richard Hambleton Experience. Aptly named as an ‘experience,’ the new exhibit is not only raising awareness for the street art’s oft-overlooked body of work, the experience allows enthusiasts and critics to engage with this art in a new way. The completely immersive experience has a dynamic display of larger than life versions of Hambleton’s art brilliantly projected onto the walls, ceilings, and floors of the exhibit.

Valmorbida and his company, Untitled-1, have other creative plans to raise awareness for Hambleton and the foundation beyond the experience. Understanding how the Warhol, Basquiat, and Haring Estates have partnered with various companies like Tiffany’s and Uniqlo on licensing and merchandising deals, Valmorbida plans to follow the same strategy with the Hambleton copyright he just purchased. Further leaning into this revolutionary spirit, Valmorbida and his team plan to release a series of exclusive NFTs inspired by Hambleton’s shocking street art.

In addition to pledging to start the Richard Hambleton Foundation, during the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Valmorbida curated the Richard Hambleton collection for the American Foundation for AIDS Research’s (amfAR) 17th Annual Cinema Gala; Valmorbida donated two rare artworks. The two pieces raised a total of $920,000 for the foundation and was auctioned off by legendary auctioneer Simon de Pury.

While it is obvious that Valmorbioda has a habit of influencing the art space in a way that both opens up access as well as creatively changes the industry, Valmorbida habit of focusing on philanthropic projects extends beyond his work with Hambleton.

In 2008, Valmorbida created a grant for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, raising money with an art show in Melbourne featuring the Australian born international photographer Raphael Mazzucco.

In 2014, Valmorbida organized fundraising efforts to help the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) purchase the famous Mark Bradford painting, ‘Shoot the Coin.’ The painting is now worth somewhere between $5,000,000 and $7,000,000.

With his strong history of innovating in the art world, democratizing access to art enthusiasts, and giving back to charities as well as pioneering philanthropic projects, we cannot wait to see what Valmorbida and Untitled-1 do next.

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