ART CONNECTION: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO DECORATE YOUR LIFE

by STACEY MARCUS / photography by HOLGER OBENAUS

Ofer Sadik is a savvy businessman with a keen eye for art. In 1985, he created Art Connection, combining his appreciation for the beauty of art with astute business acumen. “I wanted to have the biggest place with the largest selection of art, like no other in the world,” Sadik proclaims with passion and pride.

Over the last three decades, Art Connection has continually changed to meet market demands. At one time, Sadik used half of his 45,000-square-foot showroom to custom frame more than 500 pieces per day, dealing face-to-face with furniture shops. Today, the sprawling showroom is open to the public, and it’s a go-to destination for art lovers. It features between 4,000 to 5,000 works of art along with unique home accessories, including metal and resin sculptures, lamps, vases and special pieces from all over the world.


“We represent local and international artists,” says Sadik, whose goal is to make art accessible and affordable so everyone can enjoy its splendor. “This is not art from a museum or for investment purposes.” He says that Art Connection is more of a destination that people come to visit to find art that resonates with their personal style. “We are one of the best-kept secrets, but once people find out about us, they are so excited that they tell everyone they know,” says Sadik. “If you cannot find what you are looking for at Art Connection, it does not exist.”

A unique and complementary service at Art Connection is the opportunity to work with an in-house designer to help select bespoke pieces of art and home accessories. You can also have art delivered to your home or office so you can see how the pieces work in your personal space. An Art Connection designer will meet you at your home or office and help curate your space. “We will load up to 20 pieces of art on a truck and bring it to your home for a private viewing in your own space to see how the pieces work,” says Sadik, who emphasizes that customers are under no obligation to buy. The team also works with builders, decorators and designers to help outfit spaces for their clients.

“The big trends in art today are contemporary, pop art and graffiti. We also created another big trend called The Melting Collections, which includes Melting Art and Melting Sculptures, with plans underway to expand the Melting creations,” says Sadik, who advises people to visit the showroom in Pompano Beach, Florida, to enjoy the experience of seeing the many collections and selections. “It can be a bit overwhelming your first time.”

A quick look at the company’s website illuminates the vast number of subjects on display. Over 40 categories, including abstract, coastal, landscape, pop, people and vintage can be found at the showroom. Representing local and international artists, Art Connection offers a wide variety of genres, prices and subject matter, catering to clients’ individual preferences. Sadik notes that he prices art fairly, putting himself in the buyer’s shoes and imagining what he would pay. “I live by the tenet of ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’” he says.

A few local artists you can find at Art Connection include Dalia Kantor, who was born in Israel to a family of artists and moved to South Florida in the early 1990s; multimedia artist Marc Rudinsky, who was born in Queens, New York; and Zeki Kaba, who was born in Eskisehir, Turkey.

“The reason I am successful is that I not only carry artists from all over the world, but what you find at Art Connection you are not going to find anywhere else, because we have worldwide exclusivity from our artists,” says Sadik. He underscores the importance of finding works that make your heart skip a beat, saying, “People have to fall in love with the art they bring into their lives.”

Put your phone on silent and take a stroll through Art Connection. You may find your true love.

Stacey Marcus is a Boston-based freelance lifestyle, luxury and travel writer. Her works have appeared in Art New England, Boston magazine, Boston Common Magazine, Modern Luxury Chicago, Ocean Home Magazine, Playboy.com, RD.com and many others. A lover of big words and little white dogs, Stacey’s biggest joys are found in life’s simple moments.