Founded in 2011, Uprise Art is a gallery catering to a new, digitally inclined generation of art collectors. The company aims to combat the confines of the more conventional gallery environment by creating an ongoing dialogue and experience for modern art consumers to build collections and engage with artists (and their stories) in real-time. With their commitment to curatorial excellence, personalized service, and discovery, Uprise Art proclaims that "art collecting has never been easier."
After getting to know and work with Tze over the last couple of years, it doesn't surprise me that she's managed to democratize the art buying experience so seamlessly. Growing up in a quiet suburb south of Boston, Tze attributes her lifelong love of art to her parents, who encouraged both Tze and her brother to pursue their creative interests. To honor this, Tze began building her artistic practice at an early age culminating in studies of studio art, Chinese brush painting, and various forms of dance. The latter led to an enriching career as a choreographer in her first professional life.
These days, Tze continues to hone in on her creativity through an entrepreneurial lens. When she's not visiting an artist's studio or setting up for a showcase, you'll find Tze buzzing around Uprise Art's airy loft in Soho, New York. It's a work of art in itself: light pours in casting shadows on the white, exposed brick walls which are accented with eye-catching paintings. An assemblage of communal tables hosts Uprise Art's small but mighty team at work — the few times I've visited the space I've seen how Tze sits among them, speaking quietly but acting boldly as a leader with unparalleled precision and thoughtfulness. When we hop on a call to chat for this piece, I picture this scene in my mind and hear the hum of her colleagues in the background. These details set the perfect sensorial stage to have a conversation about what role connection has played throughout every phase of her business.
Connection, and poker, that is.