Alter Ego: Raphael Avigdor

Meet the eclectic creator and top seller for Douglas Elliman.
Avigdor turns his lens to the Sahara dunes. Courtesy of Raphael Avigdor

He sells homes in the dunes, and he’s artistically inspired by them. Renaissance-man realtor Raphael Avigdor, who has been named a Top 10 producer for Douglas Elliman in Long Island for a decade, has, he says, “a second persona…the truth is, it’s a third or fourth persona.” A selection of works by Avigdor the photographer (he’s also a sculptor, author, designer, samba drummer, linguist and award-winning documentary film producer) will be exhibited at Rebecca Hossack’s C25 booth at The Market + Art Design show, August 11-14 at Nova’s Field in Bridgehampton.

Raphael Avigdor

The series of undulating dunescapes shot in the Southern Sahara desert in 2018 represents one facet of the artist’s dynamic, globe-trotting aesthetic, on view at No barren wastelands, these dunes project a golden, optimistic life force, much like Avigdor himself. “I’m a person-person,” he says. “I meet more real estate clients at Art Basel and other art shows, where people come to the booths and find out a little bit about me. Real estate allows me the luxury of pursuing my other dreams and goals.”

The dunes portraits—“art that shifts with wind and storms,” Avigdor says—are a natural fit for homeowners on the East End. “One of the many themes that attracts homeowners here is waves. Sand dunes are the waves of the desert.”