Pierre Guidetti

Born in 1961, Pierre-Yan Guidetti is the youngest in a family of six brothers and sisters. As a child, he would spend his summers in a small coastal village in Brittany, where the 2500 members of his extended family would gather for an annual reunion. Customary as it was to remember every aunt, uncle or cousin by their first name, Pierre developed the talent for public relations at an early age. His love for art quickly followed, as his mother and father enveloped him in the works of Masters with weekly visits to museums, galleries and events. Home was also the venue of many a cup of tea with local artists.

Though immersed in the arts, Pierre initially pursued psychology, business and economics in college. At the age of 22, he left France in search of new experiences and opportunities. While completing marketing and business coursework at UC Berkeley, Pierre met his wife-to-be, Maureen Labro, while attending one of her silk painting demonstrations. Fascinated by the charm and attraction of importing creative materials, and the opportunity to bring the traditions of the Old World to the New, Pierre welcomed the opportunity to join Maureen in her endeavors. Quickly, Pierre demonstrated his talent for sales, and his passion for the work turned the small venture into a booming success. His infectious enthusiasm, combined with his jovial personality, made him the confidant of artists such as David Hockney and Wayne Thiebaud. For over 25 years, Pierre has traveled the United States, listening to the desires and aspirations of artists, interpreting their needs by sourcing and importing the world’s finest creative materials.

To Pierre, art is not simply about beauty; it is about life, freedom of expression and the joy of the creative process. The idea that a simple paint brush or pencil can change a life, or even perhaps change the world, inspires and shapes his daily activities, whether it’s giving a seminar at the National Gallery of Art, collaborating with a manufacturer to create an innovative product, inspiring and educating retailers with presentations on the history and influence of the European art tradition, or painting with his two children. Truly an ambassador of the arts, Pierre has made it his life’s work to spread the joy of creativity and of course, Savoir-Faire.

Pierre Guidetti