Portrait of KIM and LITO CAMACHO. Photo by Elaine W. Ng for ArtAsiaPacific.

Culture Vultures

Kim And Lito Camacho

In an era full of aspiring, soi-disant collectors, it can be startling to encounter the real thing. At a dinner last September in Singapore, to honor Filipino husband-wife artist-duo Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, I found myself sitting across from an elegant, colorfully dressed woman and her very understated husband. After introducing myself, my dinner companion proudly declared that she knew ArtAsiaPacific, and noted that an article on celebrated Japanese new-media collective teamLab in the 2017 September/October issue had featured many of their own works by the group. At that moment something clicked, and I realized that I had been seated with Maria Clara and Jose Isidro “Lito” Camacho—the couple who own not only six major digital works by teamLab but also one of the most impressive collections of Yayoi Kusama works in the world. 

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