About The Curator /
About The Curator /
Miami native Marcel Katz is an notable art dealer and agent. Curated under the name, “The Art Plug”, Katz showcases work from emerging and established of all different styles and is known for his impact in connecting artists and creating unique and out of the box avenues to showcase them.
In 2015, Katz created Marcel Katz Art, an art dealership and pop-up gallery, alongside his fine art publishing company based in Miami, Monsieur Marcel. Together, both entities compromise The Art Plug, his cohesive brand and art agency helping artists push their potential while selling and promoting work and curating major events and localized pop-ups.
Unlike most agents, Katz did not have a traditional career path in the art world. After graduating from Florida State University, Katz oversaw creative programming for The Opium Group, one of Miami’s top nightlife & hospitality groups. Through this role, he began collaborating with different, local artists to help curate unique and creative programming at his venues. It is during this time that he began developing a stronger affinity for art. As a result, he started developing his own personal collection and gradually switched career paths from nightlife to selling artwork and managing artists.
In just under five years, he has worked with some of the industry’s leading artists and became the world’s youngest Salvador Dali dealer at only 30 years old. Katz has access to work with over 70 artists including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, KAWS, Takashi Murakami, Mr. Brainwash, Aholsniffsglue, CB Hoyo, John Paul Fauves, Matthieu Venot, Rhymezlikedimez, Marius Sperlich, Chad Knight, and Ketnipz. He has also collaborated with notable brands including Adidas, Atlantic Records, E11even, Heineken, Lyft, Rolling Loud Festival, NZR Hospitality group, SBE, and Stoli.
These achievements can be attributed to Marcel’s ability to connect with any type of audience and his eye for spotting trends in the industry and potential within in artist. As an agent, his eccentric personality and confidence help artists realize their potential while pushing them to levels they never dreamed of.
A new generation of fanatic art collectors and artists give Katz the platform to sell, but the impact is what makes it worthwhile to him.
“This is not a business, this is my life,” Katz said. “I never thought that this would be what I’d be doing for a living. This is a hobby that turned into a business. I get to dabble with different people and different creators so it’s always fun for me.”
In 2018, Katz launched his new conceptual event platform, The Art Plug Power House, during Miami Art Week (Art Basel Miami). It’s first iteration featured 32 contemporary artists from various creative disciplines hand selected by Katz himself, who joined forces to convert a police-impound in Allapattah, into a multi-faceted space exhibiting sensory artworks and installations. The Art Plug Power House became one of the largest independent art fairs during this Miami Art Week 2018 attracting over 5,000 attendees over the course of two days. Following the massive success of The Art Plug Power House’s Art Week debut, Katz launched its second iteration at ArtPalmBeach 2019 in January, converting 3,000 square feet of the fairground filled with modern art and experiential activations. He plans to expand The Art Plug Power House footprint in 2019 and pop up at fairs and events around the country.
Q&A | MARCEL KATZ
by Morgan Vickery
“Recently labeled the “youngest dealer of Salvador Dali,” Katz continues to disrupt the art market with new and vibrant techniques.”