Baryn Futa was actually late to the party when it comes to art and art appreciation. He certainly didn’t always possess a deep appreciation for the arts. It wasn’t until he retired and began working with the Denver Art Museum that he began to appreciate the importance of art to society. No one was more surprised than he that he felt such a deep attraction to the art world. To Baryn Futa’s mind, brilliant artists are not appreciated enough to thrive, so he has spent his life doing as much as he can to help.
While nearly everyone appreciates the arts on some level, not everyone is in a position to support the arts to the extent that is needed. When Baryn Futa realized that he is in a position to support arts and artists, he understood his dumb luck. He is obviously trying to take on as much of the responsibility for art that he can shoulder. While he sees the arts as a as a profitable and useful investment, he also sees art preservation as a necessity that benefits all of society.
The reason Baryn Futa’s art collection is very extensive now has little to do with the potential return on investment; he has no intention of selling his art for a profit. He collects art because that investment is the best method for preserving art for the future. He doesn’t buy and sell art with an eye on preserving art for the future, not to make a profit now. Though art appreciation is considered by most to a key element of every human society and should be supported, too often artists are taken for granted and their art is not appreciated as a priority. That neglect serves as a primary driver for Baryn Futa’s work in support of the fine arts, as both a benefactor and someone who simply appreciates the finer things in life.