About

Sophie Negropontes - Galerie Negropontes
Sophie Negropontes is the founder and director of her eponymous gallery. Her artistic vision reflects a career inspired by cultural and professional diversity. Born in Romania of Greek and Romanian descent, she grew up in a stimulating environment influenced by her father: a photographer, and author of numerous works on art as well as television productions. She cultivated her passion for art from an early age, immersed in the company of artists and developing her love of art by visiting prestigious museums such as the Prado.
At the age of twelve she moved to France. There she attended business school, and French became as much a part of her identity as her love of travel and social interaction. In 1988 she moved to Hong Kong, where she worked in a variety of sectors including branded fragrances, marketing, trade and food legislation for luxury products. On her return to France she joined the Mulliez Group, becoming head of the image department.
Her unwavering passion for art led her to fulfil her dream of opening her own gallery in 2012. Her first exhibition was a tribute to her father's photographic work. Over time, the gallery has evolved to showcase not only photography, but also unique pieces of furniture inspired by iconic artists such as Brancusi. The gallery has welcomed a variety of talented artists, and the move to rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau in 2019 marked a new era.
The lockdown period prompted a reevaluation of the gallery's direction, focusing more on contemporary art while still maintaining some furniture design and decorative arts. The gallery's journey has been a testament to chance encounters, enriching discoveries and unwavering perseverance; the reflection of Sophie Negropontes' lifelong passion for art. The distinctive quality of the gallery resides in its boldness in blending genres and dismantling the conventional boundaries of art. In one space, visitors can appreciate the intricate details of a decorative object, be captivated by the ingenuity of a design piece, and be moved by the potency of a contemporary work of art. It fosters an ongoing dialogue between the past, present, and future. The art gallery possesses a profound duality that extends beyond the amalgamation of genres. It serves as a commercial space, naturally, a venue for the acquisition of art, where works find new owners. However the commercial aspect cannot overshadow its fundamental role as a cultural mediator. When it opens its doors to the public, the gallery becomes a sanctuary of transmission - a window into the artists' imagination, a place where people can be inspired and challenged. Far from constituting a contradiction, this duality is complementary. The commercial aspect enables the gallery to flourish, providing support to artists and enhancing the art scene. Just as the gallery blends genres, Sophie Negropontes blends eras, influences and sensibilities.
Unique, a creator of connections, Sophie Negropontes is an ambassador for art.