Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean is a Grammy-award winning music producer, DJ, and innovator.
He began collecting in the late 1990s and later founded The Dean Collection, an ever-evolving contemporary family collection and cultural platform, with his wife Alicia Keys. The collection actively acquires, and commissions, work by contemporary visual artists such as Derrick Adams, Nina Chanel Abney, Jordan Casteel, Nick Cave, Arthur Jafa, KAWS, Deana Lawson, Ebony G. Patterson, Kehinde Wiley, and many others.
The collection also includes the largest privately-owned body of work by Gordon Parks. The platform organizes supportive initiatives such as the No Commission art and music festival and TDC 20, both designed to fund artists' practices and projects.
Dean sits on the board of trustees of the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Americas Foundation of the Serpentine Galleries, London.