PETRA LEVIN: The Passionate Philanthropist
An avid art collector and former Miss Germany, Petra Levin has dedicated her life to the arts and bettering the community, as evidenced by her tireless efforts with the American Cancer Society, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, and many more.
How did you become an art collector?
I always had a passion for contemporary art. I remember buying my first miniature Yves Klein sculpture many years ago. [But] becoming a collector doesn’t happen overnight. I [keep up with the industry] by reading numerous art magazines, visiting galleries, and devote a lot of time traveling regularly with my husband [beverage tycoon Stephen Levin] to various art fairs in Berlin, New York, and London.
What is your opinion on women in the arts?
Women have always been important to the art world as artists, curators, and directors, and have been historically underrated. To me, the most iconic [woman artist] is Louise Bourgeois. Her work has been so influential and boundary-breaking through her use of tools like radical abstraction and architectural interventions. She was one of the first artists in America to transcend gender [boundaries].
What has been one of your biggest challenges?
Public speaking. Coming from Germany and learning English has taken a lot of time and effort. But being involved with charities and giving many speeches [helped me] develop confidence.
How do you recharge?
Growing up, biking was part of our family activities. I still bike regularly on Miami Beach, and I devote time every day to exercise. But I also love playing with my two puppies, Feena and Friday, who I secretly call my “happy pills.” Their cuteness and unconditional love always make me smile!
What do you love the most about living in the Magic City?
Miami has such an incredible variety of the arts. And taking our boat out on the bay with friends and watching the most beautiful sunsets in America is something really special. Visit the American Cancer Society at cancer.org and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami at icamiami.org.
PHILANTHROPY PHILOSOPHY: I believe that people who have achieved a degree of financial success in life have a moral obligation to give back to charitable causes.
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