According to The Real Deal, Arthur Becker’s office is also an art studio and includes a workshop, paintings and sculptures. Becker was originally a stockbroker but his fortune was made purchasing tech companies. More recently he has made real estate investments in Florida and New York.
Along with his successes Becker has had some failures. His specialty binoculars called Bnox did not do well. People felt the focus was too difficult to use and the eyes were too far apart. Despite this Becker still loves binoculars and has several dozen pairs.
Becker is a collector of ancient currencies, many of which are more than a millennium old. He has had several reproduced as sculptures. Two of these will be installed in a commercial building in Boston owned by Capital Properties.
Arthur Becker often has art made from money. He has sculptures in his office of origami animals made from money, gold bars in the formation of Jenga pieces and crumpled cash. Becker views this type of art as a visual pun.
Becker once invested in a Hawaiian macadamia nut farm. Although they grew a million pounds of these nuts they took years to grow. The investment was approximately $4 million and eventually he sold out to Mrs. Fields for $10 million.
Becker was a believer in the Magic 8 Ball as a kid. Even as an adult he uses them in his art. They are juxtaposed against origami money and crushed into pieces and used on his paintings. He believes the money escapes from the eight ball and the balls represent decisions while the money escapes.
Arthur Becker was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1950. He attended Bennington College where he earned his BA in Fine Arts. His major was a mix of photography and ceramics. He went to business school at Dartmouth and became engrossed in technology companies.
Becker went back to photography late in the 1990’s. His intention was the creation of texture incorporated into photographic images. His current work places his focus on currency. He is exploring the meaning and the relationship people have with money. More details can be found on Crunchbase.