The Enthusiast: In Praise of Esmeralda Santiago

The island of Puerto Rico, where my parents came from, is displayed with beauty and poignancy by Santiago.
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Sotheby’s to Auction Santiago Barberi Gonzalez’s New York Estate

Artworks from the estate of Santiago Barberi Gonzalez are to be auctioned this fall.
On Sept. 27, Sotheby’s will hold a sale of artworks that were kept in Barberi Gonzales’ New York residence.
Barberi Gonzalez, the president and creative director for the Nancy Gonzalez label of luxury, exotic skin accessories, passed away on March 24 at the age of 40.
“People collect for a variety of different reasons. His was not about ‘Let me find the most commercial piece that will go up the most in value.’ It was more about, ‘Let me find the pieces that reflect me the most,’” said Sotheby’s head of private sales for contemporary art, David Schrader, who is overseeing the sale. Belongings from Barberi Gonzalez’s many other residences will not be included in the sale.
Sotheby’s auction, to be held in two sessions over the course of a single day, will highlight the fashion executive’s passion for the arts.
Schrader was among those advising Barberi Gonzalez on his collection. While Schrader only joined the auction firm in February, making the leap from the financial sector, the two struck up a quick friendship. “He worked with a number of people. As a collector, we had lunch every six to eight

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Memorial Service for Santiago Barberi Gonzalez Announced

A memorial service honoring Santiago Barberi Gonzalez, Nancy Gonzalez president and creative director of the Nancy Gonzalez accessories brand, will be held April 25 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Invitations were emailed to family and friends on Saturday afternoon.
Barberi Gonzalez died March 24 at the age of 40. The cause of death remains unknown.
Santiago’s mother Nancy Gonzalez had issued a statement about her son’s death, calling him “a creative genius. He was a rare talent, with a great passion for his craft, his art and his family.”
El Museo Del Barrio will also conduct a special tribute for the fashion executive at its spring gala, planned for May 11.

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Adrienne Bailon Is Engaged To Longtime Boyfriend Lenny Santiago

Adrienne Bailon and her longtime boyfriend are headed down the aisle.

On Thursday, Bailon announced her engagement to Roc Nation executive Lenny Santiago. She and Santiago, who is the Senior Vice President of Artist Management at the music company, started dating after she split from Rob Kardashian in 2009.

YES! ❤️ @kodaklens I will soon be Mrs. Lenny S.

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“I am so excited to be marrying my best friend,” Bailon told Us Weekly. “There’s nothing like having someone that makes you laugh, that encourages you, and motivates you … He’s such an incredible person and they say there’s always a great man behind a great woman and I say the same for him. He’s been that great motivation behind everything I do.”

The news came as a surprise to her co-hosts on “The Real.” E! News obtained a clip from the show set to air Monday. Bailon made the big reveal to her shocked co-hosts and the audience by flashing her diamond ring.

Santiago proposed to her at a restaurant in upstate New York in front of their loved ones.
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