Bill Acquavella, President of Acquavella Galleries | #83

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Bill Acquavella is President of Acquavella Galleries, a family-owned gallery founded by his father, Nicholas Acquavella, in the early 1920’s. When Bill joined his father in 1960 selling works from the Italian Renaissance, he expanded the focus of the gallery to include major works of the 19th and 20th centuries, offering paintings by the masters of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. Today, the entire scope of 20th century art is represented, including Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. For over ninety years, Acquavella Galleries has sold major paintings and sculpture to private collectors and museums worldwide in addition to presenting museum-quality exhibitions.

Over the course of the 1970s and ’80s, Acquavella turned the gallery into a leader in the 19th and 20th century art markets, attracting billionaire clients like Paul Mellon, Walter Annenberg, and Henry Ford.


A member of the Art Dealers Association of America, Mr. Acquavella served as president of the ADAA from 1984-86. He is also a past member of the Art Advisory panel for the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Acquavella graduated with a B.A. from Washington and Lee University in 1959. Since his father passed away in 1987, Bill has been joined by his three children, who work as directors at Acquavella Galleries. Bill’s personal art collection includes pieces by Picasso, Matisse, and Miró.

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