For Astrid Amaya and her son Alejandro Garcia-Amaya, art started out as a hobby. While Amaya _ wife of HE Andelfo Garcia Gonzales, the Colombian ambassador to Thailand _ has been travelling the globe for the past 25 years meeting artists and collecting artworks, for her son it was a trip back home that led him to switch from finance to the art world.
"I had an interesting experience when I went back to Colombia after a 12-year absence," said Garcia-Amaya. "During my time there, I reconnected with my family, reconnected with my roots, my culture, and by the time I returned to the US, I told my mother that even though I enjoyed finance, I wanted to do something that allowed me to talk about our own culture as well as to learn about other people's cultures."
His mother asked him if he would like to join her and "use art as a vehicle that allows people to learn about other cultures by viewing works from completely different regions and countries".
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