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Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas is a Brazilian lawyer based in Portugal with a collection of over 1,000 works focused on the 1960s, 1970s as well as contemporary artists.

Luiz is one of the founding partners of the Lisbon-based law firm TFRA, and experienced in tax law, particularly restructuring planning and international fiscal law, as well as corporate law. He graduated in Law from the University of Rio de Janeiro in 1986. He has been a Member of the Brazilian Bar Association since 1986 and the Portuguese Bar Association since 1992. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian.

His law firm has helped back the exhibition program of the Kunsthalle Lisbon since 2012. In 2018, he personally withdrew his loan of 700 drawings at the Serralves Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal, after the museum was accused of censoring a Mapplethorpe exhibit which also led to its director resigning in protest.

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  1. "Conflicts of interests in art are [exacerbated]. Especially in the United States, people are giving money to art in order to get tax deductions. This kind of generosity is definitely questionable. Generous is the one who gives and doesn’t ask for anything back. Moreover, you have galleries directly supporting these institutions, influencing their programmes. As a matter of fact now museums have more money, but it does not mean they are showing better art. Again, they have become window shops for the art to be sold at the supermarket." —Conceptual Fine Arts, May 16, 2016

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  1. Following Alleged Censorship of Mapplethorpe Show, Collector Seeks Termination of 700-Work Loan to Serralves Museum, Artnews, October 1, 2018
  2. Collector Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas: “Too much art is produced just to feed the market”, Conceptual Fine Arts, May 16, 2016