Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Robert De Niro preserves his father’s memory through his father’s art.
Name: Robert De Niro
What Made Him Haute: Arguably the finest actor of his generation, he’s also a force in Tribeca real estate and dining. The Greenwich Hotel, which is co-owned by the actor, opened in 2008.
What Makes Him Haute now: Aside from being one of the most talented actors in the film industry and co-owning restaurants such as Nobu, Locanda Verde and Tribeca Grill, Robert De Niro is a man with a good heart. Feeling like it is his calling and duty, Robert De Niro wanted to preserve his father’s memory through the artwork that he did before he died. De Niro decided to exhibit his artwork for the world to see and revive the legacy of his father as a painter at a SoHo studio.
Robert De Niro Sr. was a passionate artist who integrated Abstract expressionist and traditional representational styles in his work. As a young artist in New York, his work was exhibited at the Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery in the 1940s and praised by many as being a great artist. His work is displayed in the Matisse Museum in Nice, France, as well as in the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. So far, his father’s oil paintings go as much as to $30,000 to $50,000 and his art on paper sells from $1,500 to $30,000. De Niro even decided to hand out an annual prize of $25,000 through his non-profit organization, Tribeca Film Institute, to artists that need the financial support to continue their work.