CARMELITA GRECO: FOUNDER
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Carmelita Greco is the founder and director of the International Fine Art Fund (IFAF) 501c3 non-profit. “My heart behind IFAF, is centered on creating a space for spiritual dialogue within the contemporary art world and to give a voice to art that reflects aspects of faith, spirit, and hope. When we connect with something larger than ourselves our work can have a spiritual and transformative effect. Greco sees the non-profit, and the role of spiritually attuned artists, as “bringing a refreshing vision to the arts.”
Historically spiritual institutions have been a benefactor of the fine arts until conflict arose with the belief that visuals are materialistic, thus working against the spiritual. The focus of IFAF is to provide visual artists with a platform for spiritual expression that can be difficult for them to find. Artists have an ability to capture details that cannot be seen by every person. This gives artists a unique quality as a mediator between the divine and man.” For her, and other spiritually centered artists, “[God] has given us a vision to create.” This is to magnify the divine in creation and to help bring out the divine qualities in humanity.
Greco is also the designer behind Carmelita Couture, a vibrant clothing label worn by international celebrities. Her pieces can be seen in magazines around the world and on the red carpet. Fashion has always been a purposeful pursuit for Greco, extending beyond the balance of color and shape and into the recognition of beauty as a divine quality.