IT CEO Trades Tech for Art and Opens Design District Gallery During Art Basel Miami

Payal Tak, former President and CEO of her self-made, Virginia-based IT services company, will open Lucid Design District (an art gallery) during Art Basel Miami Beach / Miami Art Week 2022. For over three decades, while focusing on executing a business in Information Technology, Tak relied heavily on creating art as her go-to activity to re-energize at the end of her day. She would often paint late into the night while listing to Sufi music. Acrylic paints are her preferred medium, although she also works with oil and mixed media.

The 3,700-sf gallery is located on Miami’s “art corner” (10-12 NE 41 St. at Miami Ave) next to Museum Garage and across the street from the de la Cruz Collection and ICA Miami. The idea of Lucid Design District was born from Ms. Tak’s desire to connect with the community through collaborative art exchanges. She envisions hosting regular exhibitions, educational art talks, and artist networking events.

“My goal is to make available a commercial platform for artists whose voices need to be heard,” explains Tak. “Lucid shares its walls with the objective to illuminate the viewers mind and allow artistic creations to become a force for good in the society.”

For Tak, doing good for society is innate and she has always supported women and children’s causes. Tak feels that it’s her societal responsibility to give back to upcoming entrepreneurs, especially those who will work in industries that are largely dominated by men, such as her own field: Information Technology. In fact, Tak’s company Telesis Corporation had over 500 employees of which 60% were female and 55% minorities. This mindset has helped her carve out Lucid’s mission to create a commercial platform for emerging and mid-career artists.

CHROMA – A Group Exhibition Opens November 29th

All are welcome to celebrate the opening of Lucid Design District at a group exhibition titled, “Chroma”. The exhibition is curated by Graciela Montich, an Argentinian-Italian artist based in Miami. Along with Montich and Tak, the other participating artists will include: Brandon Clarke (Miami); Elidea (Miami, Milan); Enrique Alfonso (Havana); Gustavo Ramirez Cruz (Berlin, Bogata); Heather Lynn (Washington D.C.); Ramses Llufrio (Miami, Havana); Robert Frankel (Chicago); Romina Garbarino (Miami, Buenos Aires); and Simi Bhandari (Washington D.C.).

Chroma is centered around Tak’s belief that, “if a myriad of colors can peacefully coexist on a single canvas, then why can’t humans peacefully coexist on a single planet.”