Issue #66

Ombretta Agrò Andruff

L'Istigatrice Culturale

Ombretta Agrò Andruff is an Italian-born and New York and Miami-based freelance curator and art consultant. Since her move to the US in 1998 she has curated solo and group shows in Europe, the US and India, collaborating with museums, art festivals, commercial galleries and art fairs. Ombretta is also a contributor to various art publications and has written essays for several books and catalogues. She has been a consultant for the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, the advisory firm Art Assets, the Asian Contemporary Art Week and from 2007 to 2012 she has served as the International Art Advisor for the New Delhi-based Religare Art.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

I am a freelance contemporary art curator based between Miami, NYC, and the rest of the world. I have a blast doing what I do for living, but also love doing all kind of sports from kiteboarding, to snowboarding, diving, karate, cross fit and I ride motorcycles.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

I was looking for adventure and back in 1997 I realized that I could not develop the type of curatorial practice in the way I was interested in pursuing by staying in Italy. I loved NY from the very first time I visited the City when I was 9 years old, I knew I would be living there one day.

Please share your best memory in the City.

Riding across the Williamsburg bridge for the first time on my first motorcycle, a little Honda Rebel, in 2007.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

This is the motorcycle garage where we kept our bikes before moving to Miami, so I thought it would be a perfect location for a portrait on the bike. I love my flurry yeti jacket and the way it looked with the hat (borrowed from a friend).

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

It was fun to see so many known faces, both in NYC and Miami, reunited in this project. And the photos are stunning! Loved Alexo’s ability to capture the essence of each and every subject he portrayed.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

I don’t think that much about it. I don’t love all things Italian and don’t dress all things Italian, but I guess it’s in the DNA and it shows.

  • Manhattan, NY


  • Time

    120 mins

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