Hunter Biden was seen on Monday drinking coffee with a friend in Malibu as the fight over the sale of his artwork continues.
The 51-year-old son of President Joe Biden lives near Malibu in a stylish $5.4 million canal house in Venice, California.
The president’s son moved into the three-story building late last year with his wife Melissa and their one-year-old son Beau, and the family is now protected by the Secret Service 24 hours a day.
The father of five is believed to pay $25,000 a month to rent the posh property from Sweetgreen co-founder and CEO Jonathan Neman.
He and his friend were spotted sitting outside in a flower-filled patio garden at Blue Bottle Coffee, in the center of the celebrity enclave.
Hunter Biden was seen Monday at Blue Bottle coffee in Malibu. The 51-year-old is believed to live in Venice, just down the road from Malibu along the Pacific coast
The lawyer and businessman, who is now also an artist, tried to remain modest in his black baseball cap baseball
Hunter was seen deep in thought drinking coffee with a friend in the popular coffee spot Malibu
Hunter and his friend were spotted outside in a flowered patio garden at Blue Bottle Coffee
Hunter and his friend, in the blue sweater, seemed to be in deep conversation and oblivious to the other customers around them
Hunter and the unnamed friend seemed engaged in an intense conversation as they had coffee together outside
Bergès told another art broadcast that Hunter Biden’s paintings would go from $75,000 for paper pieces to half a million dollars for larger works.
Even on the campaign trail, Hunter’s international business dealings have been a headache for Joe Biden and his team, but the president continues to faithfully defend his son (photo Jan. 20)
The pair looked deep in conversation.
Biden’s Secret Service detail, which he reportedly accepted, was nowhere to be seen.
The Harvard-trained attorney now dedicates his time to his art and will hold an exhibition of his work in New York City in the fall — his professional art debut.
According to his art dealer Georges Bergès, prices would range from $75,000 for pieces on paper to $500,000 for large-scale paintings.
Concerns about whether buyers of his paintings would attempt to use the transactions to gain favor with the Biden administration have pushed officials into an ethical obligation.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, claimed that the gallery owner “will be the only person to handle transactions or conversations in that spirit and will decline any unusual offer.”
Hunter’s friend was pictured making outstretched gestures with his hands, while Hunter listened intently. The president’s son prepares for his professional art debut in the fall, at a gallery in New York City City
Hunter’s friend was seen wearing a face mask. Los Angeles County reintroduced mask mandate on July 17, amid rising COVID-19 caseload
Psaki said Hunter won’t know who bought his art.
But critics, including George W. Bush’s former chief of ethics, have questioned the plan.
“It will be very clear to people who know who is buying Hunter Biden’s art,” Richard Painter said on Fox last week.
The question is, will the American people know?
“The White House must push for full transparency.”
On Sunday, it emerged that Bergès, the art dealer Hunter represents in New York, was once labeled “one of the leading art experts on Chinese contemporary art.”
In a 2015 interview, he stated that he would be “the leading man in China” in finding and collecting Chinese art — comments that raised eyebrows, given Hunter’s complicated business dealings in China and the criticism they provoked. .
Georges Bergès, the gallery owner who represents Hunter Biden, once told Resident magazine that he wanted to “get a foothold in China” (photo October 2018)
“If you think about it, the Chinese economy is transforming the global economy and everything is changing with an emerging China,” Bergès told luxury lifestyle magazine resident.
‘But what further fascinates me is the cultural impact that China has on the world.
‘My plan is to become the protagonist in China; the main collector and art dealer who discovers and nurtures talent from that region.’
Top 21st century officials — including Joe Biden himself — have seen the meteoric rise of the Chinese economy as a threat to global democracy amid the country’s abysmal labor defenses and have taken advantage of Uyghur and Turkish Muslims.
But his son’s art dealer was eager to get in on the ground floor of China’s “cultural empowerment.”
“I want to further embrace emerging China and its undeniable growing influence of contemporary art, so my focus today is mainly on China,” he said.
“Money can come and go. Power can come and go, but if you have a cultural impact on society, it lasts forever.’
During the interview, first discovered by Fox news, Bergès promised ‘to get the Georges Bergès Gallery a foothold in China’.
“Cultural power is real power,” he said.
Hunter Biden’s artist profile on the Georges Bergès Gallery website
The gallery will display Hunter’s paintings during a private show in Los Angeles and a public exhibition in New York City
Hunter’s foray into the professional art world has been a source of ethical concern around the Biden White House (pictured May 22)
Hunter Biden had financial ties to a partially state-owned Chinese company in April (Photo: Closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October 2017)
And while Bergès’s interest is limited to China’s cultural power, his infamous client has had ties to the growing economy.
Last April, more than 100 days after his father took office, Hunter reportedly owned a 10 percent stake in Bohai Harvest RST Equity Investment Fund Management Company – a Chinese equity company partially owned by the country’s central bank.
He previously said he would divest from the company in October 2019.
A Senate report from late 2020 revealed a series of transactions involving Hunter and China that were identified as “potential financial criminal activity.”
The money included a $5 million payment from a Chinese energy company with ties to the Communist Party and $1 million for work with an employee who was later jailed for bribery.