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Collector Robbie Antonio sits for 12 portraits (so far)

Kenny Scharf, Marilyn Minter, David LaChapelle and Julian Opie have all painted Antonio, and Takashi Murakami is in his sights

If sitting for one portrait is gruelling, sitting for a dozen must really be a test of patience and stamina. Nonetheless, the Manila-based property magnate Robbie Antonio (left) is up for the task at hand, having commissioned 12 artists so far. The artists Kenny Scharf, Marilyn Minter, David LaChapelle and Julian Opie have all captured Antonio, who now hopes to work with Takashi Murakami on a new commission. The works will go on show next year. “I wanted to work with artists I like, to see how they interpret me. I want to be seen in their eyes. But these portraits also reflect the DNA of the artist,” Antonio says. “I want to take this series to an extreme level.” Is he worried that he will be called narcissistic? “George Condo can paint me looking ugly,” he says.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'The collector sitting for 12 portraits (so far)'

Appeared in Art Basel Miami Beach, December 2012