Collectors’ Insights: Lito Camacho, Kim Camacho, and Kenneth Tan

Held once a year during Singapore Art Week in January, this session is a platform for prominent collectors to share the philosophy behind building their outstanding private collections. Through this, we hope to inspire collecting locally and draw attention to some of the most exciting collections around the world.


About the speakers
Husband-and-wife Lito and Kim Camacho have accumulated one of the most important private collections in the Asia-Pacific region; notably including major works by teamLab, Yayoi Kusama, and a fine selection of Gutai works. Both their Kusama and Gutai collections have been shown at the Ayala Museum. Their collection also includes seminal works of American Abstract Expressionist, Alfonso Ossorio, and Filipino and Southeast Asian artworks.


Lito is a former Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Finance of the Philippines, and is currently the Managing Director in the Asia Pacific Division of Credit Suisse. Kim herself is a graduate of Harvard Business School, and in 2001, she opened and ran the Sotheby’s representative office in the Philippines. The couple has been collecting art since 1981.


Kenneth Tan is a fund manager based in Singapore, who began actively collecting art 17 years ago. The private collection diversely represents more than 80 artists from Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, Europe, and the Americas; consisting of over 250 works by by Natee Utarit, Suzann Victor, Edmund de Waal, Robert Mapplethorpe, Takaseda Matsutani, Jojo Legaspi, Jonas Wood, and Wong Hoy Cheong. Ken’s most recent addition are two historical works by American artist Jennifer Bartlett.


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