Leslie Sacks

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Leslie J. Sacks
Born1952
Johannesburg, South Africa
DiedSeptember 26, 2013 (age 61)
NationalitySouth Africa
United States
Alma materUniversity of the Witwatersrand
OccupationArt dealer and collector
Spouse(s)Gina Brourman-Sacks
Children4
Parent(s)Wolfe Harry Sacks
FamilyRodney Sacks (brother)
Ze'ev Bielski (brother-in-law)
Adi Bielski (niece)
Websitehttp://womensvoicesnow.org
http://www.lesliesacks.com

Leslie J. Sacks (1952 - September 26, 2013) was a Los Angeles-based art dealer[1] and founder of Women's Voices Now.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sacks was born to a Jewish family[3] in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1952,[4] the second of three children born to Lithuanian Jewish immigrants.[5][6] His father was South African businessman Wolfe Harry Sacks.[4][7]

Sacks graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a degree in psychology and computer science.[2] While in college, he fought against apartheid.[3]

Career[edit]

In 1981, he opened his first art gallery, Les Art, in South Africa. In 1991, he moved to Los Angeles and opened Leslie Sacks Fine Art in Brentwood, California.[1] In 2007, he purchased the Bobbie Greenfield Gallery at Bergamot Station, renaming it Leslie Sacks Contemporary. His specialities were African tribal art, post-war artists, and contemporary artists including Andy Warhol and Robert Motherwell.[1] His collection of African art was published in Refined Eye, Passionate Heart - African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection by Skira.[5]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2010, Sacks founded and funded Women's Voices Now, a charity dedicated to "empowering women living in Muslim-majority societies by promoting their free expression, thereby giving voice to the struggles for civil, economic, political, and gender rights".[2] He was an ardent supporter of the state of Israel.[5] Sacks produced a documentary about his father, South Africa businessman Wolfe Harry Sacks.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sacks died of cancer on September 26, 2013.[1] He was survived by his wife Gina Brourman-Sacks, from South Korea,[2] his two sons, and two stepsons.[1] His wife succeeded him as board chair of Women's Voices Now.[2] His sister Caron Sacks is married to Israeli politician Ze'ev Bielski,[7] and is the mother of actress Adi Bielski. His brother Rodney Sacks is the co-founder of Monster Beverage.

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