Bernard Markowicz is the owner of Markowicz Fine Art, with galleries in the design districts of Miami and Dallas, and a third location in Laguna Niguel, California. Originally from Arras, on the northern border of France and Belgium, Bernard began collecting artwork at the young age of 16, having been influenced by his parents’ appreciation for art and his sister’s paintings.
He graduated with a master’s degree in Engineering from École Spéciale des Travaux Publics (ESTP) in Paris, where he befriended the owner of Opera Gallery and continued to deepen his ties to the EU’s fine art world. In 1997, he moved to the U.S. and helped initiate the grand opening of Opera Gallery’s New York location. In 2003, he became an investor in the gallery’s Miami location, eventually taking over as the museum’s director while becoming known as the “Godfather of French Art”.
An entrepreneur at heart, Markowicz opened his first fine art gallery in 2009, an 800-square foot space he reserved to represent a single artist—French painter, Alain Godon. His eye for talent and shrewd business acumen in the secondary art market put Bernard in contact with an ever-increasing network of collectors and investors. When reviewing the qualities desired in an artist, Bernard believes that the concept behind their work must have a style that can be instantly recognized. And he prefers to engage with artists who understand the finer points of self-promotion and take their work seriously.
By 2019, the success of Markowicz’ gallery necessitated a second location in Dallas, Texas, with a third gallery now open on the west coast in Laguna Niguel, California. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Sophie. He has four children, six grandchildren and a passion for slalom water skiing.