Park West Gallery Auctioneer Spotlight: Sergiu Miron and Alexandra Dima
For over 50 years, Park West Gallery has understood just how personal art collecting can be. Our onboard art teams have taken that to heart and take great pride in building lasting relationships with our collectors. That’s why, every month, we take time to dive into the lives of our top auctioneers to learn more about them!
We’d like you to meet Sergiu Miron and Alexandra Dima, a tremendous auctioneer duo! For our March spotlight, Sergiu and Alexandra recently took some time to share with us all about their lives at sea, their favorite Park West moments, and what they enjoy doing when they’re not sailing the seven seas!
Previous ships as auctioneers: Carnival (CCL) Magic, CCL Imagination
Current ship: CCL Dream
Where is your hometown?
Sergiu: Brasov, Romania
Alexandra: Brasov, Romania
When did you start working as an international art auctioneer on cruise ships?
Sergiu: I have always been passionate about art… from visiting museums with my brother as kids to watching him transform a blank canvas into a beautiful work of art at home. So when I was introduced to Park West by a good friend, the opportunity seemed like a perfect fit for me! I have now been with Park West for eight years, and every day has been as exciting as the last!
Alexandra: Prior to joining Park West almost five years ago, I was working as an engineer. The transition to becoming an art auctioneer was very easy for me, because I have always loved and appreciated art!
Who is your favorite Park West artist and why?
Sergiu: I am big fan of Peter Max! I love what he’s done for humanity and can’t help but stop and stare at the gorgeous colors in his artwork. I also really admire the talent of Picasso and have been to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona at least 5 times.
Alexandra: Hmmm… This is hard for me to choose because all the artists that we have in our collections are the greatest! But, if I had to choose, I would say Yaacov Agam is my absolute favorite because of the way his artwork interacts with the viewer and catches the eye of everyone who passes by.
Do you have a favorite client memory?
Sergiu: When I was an auctioneer on Carnival Magic, we ran a painting contest called “My kid can do that.” There was one kid who really impressed me a lot and I will always remember him winning first prize, coming up and giving me a huge hug, and telling me how much fun he had and how much he loves art. After the cruise, his mom sent me a message to tell me her son couldn’t stop talking about us and they had framed his artwork. I love when I bring joy to individuals through art, especially kids!
Alexandra: I have so many good memories! One of my favorite memories was when I had a lady come to the gallery on the first day of the cruise to choose her favorite artwork. Her husband was paying close attention the whole time and came back the next day to collect all of them without her knowing. How sweet!
Out of all the places you’ve travelled, where is your favorite port?
Sergiu: My favorite port is Barcelona, Spain. I love the architecture and museums, especially the Picasso Museum.
Alexandra: My favorite port is Santorini, Greece! The perfectly blue water and the view from the top of the mountain is just breathtaking!
What does life look like when you’re home and not working?
Sergiu: When I first arrive home I’m pretty exhausted, so I rest for a few days. Alex and I like to spend most of our time visiting family members, traveling to historic places to learn about culture and our ancestors, and of course we love to spend time with our friends too!
Alexandra: My life at home is very busy! I visit all my friends and family, every moment with them is very precious so I enjoy as much as I can when I am at home. My parents spoil me every day with the best coffee and all the traditional dishes.
Tell us one thing about living and working at sea that would surprise most people.
Sergiu: I love what I do, and when you love your job everything become super easy. The best part is being able to live my life traveling all around the world!
Alexandra: Something that might surprise most people is that we actually live onboard for several months, so we don’t leave the ship at the end of the cruise. Being on the ship makes me realize that my house and my bed are really huge!
What else would you like to share about yourself with our collectors?
Sergiu: I feel blessed to be working with beautiful artwork and having friends all around the world. I also want to mention my team as well, without them I would not be where I am now and I feel very grateful working with such a great team (Kevin, Marelize, Yiwen, Elizmari).
Alexandra: I have been very lucky! I meet people from all around the world and I have made so many friends, which become more like family! The hardest thing for me is the last sea day when everyone is coming to say bye and take pictures with us… we hug, we laugh, and we cry as well!
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