Thaddaeus Ropac, is a gallerist specializing in European and American Contemporary art. He owns the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac based inSalzburg (Austria) and Paris (France).
Ropac was raised in Carinthia, Austria's southernmost state. He initially unearthed his passion for art on a school trip to the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna Museum of Art) and went on to serve his first internship with Joseph Beuys in 1982. While in New York, Ropac became acquainted with young artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haringand Robert Mapplethorpe.
Ropac opened his first gallery in Salzburg at the age of 23 in 1983, followed by a second one in Paris seven years later. Launched in 1990 with one exhibition room, Ropac's space today stretches across three floors on Rue Debelleyme in Paris's Marais neighborhood. Today his galleries represent some of the most important Austrian artists, such as Gerwald Rockenschaub and Arnulf Rainer, as well as international artists like Georg Baselitz, Alex Katz, and Sylvie Fleury. The headquarters of Galerie Thaddeus Ropac are housed in the historic Villa Kast on Salzburg's Mirabellplatz. In 2012, Ropac renovated a 1900 former heating systems factory in Pantin, in the east of Paris, and transformed its eight buildings to make exhibition halls, a performance centre, a library/archive, a viewing room and artists’ studios for around $10 million.