Experience the Island’s creative side.
Puerto Rico has a long, rich tradition of artistic endeavors, and while you explore the Island, you’ll find works that range from Old World masters to contemporary mixed media work represented in art galleries here. Spanning centuries, the Island’s diverse history is part of what makes Puerto Rico such a perfect destination for travelers seeking creative inspiration.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, lithography, or wood carvings, you’ll find something to suit your taste at galleries across the Island. For art buffs adding to a collection or travelers who simply want to enjoy the creativity of local and regional artists, a visit to one of these galleries would be a fun addition to your plans:
Old San Juan
A 350-year-old mansion turned gallery showcases fine international and locally recognized contemporary artists. Restored to its former glory, the house in Old San Juan belonged to Ángel Botello, a Galician artist that moved to the Caribbean to perfect his craft. From his oils with bright colors to bronze sculptures and lithographs, his works often derived from personal experiences. The gallery also showcases paintings, ceramics, and a collection of antique hand-carved Puerto Rican Santos. The exhibits don’t follow a specific genre of art and it changes according to the artists being displayed at the time. Galería Botello encourages artists, designers, architects, and others to come, sit down, and use their space to create.
You can visit from Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Pamil Fine Art Gallery
Another great contemporary gallery that showcases fine art in different mediums is Pamil, founded in 1994 by Paco González and Mildred Ascar. Since its opening, the gallery has been considered one of the leading art establishments on the Island. At Pamil, you can find collections of paintings, ceramics, photography and more from both well-established artists and up-and-comers from Puerto Rico and Latin America. Besides displaying thought-provoking and emotionally resonant pieces, the gallery offers artwork restoration services, custom framing, and appraisals. The space houses work of modern artists such as Omar Medina and Luis Ivorra, Yelvin Vivoni, and Cristina Córdova.
Pamil is open to the public Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Biaggi-Faure Fine Art
Creating a space where you can immerse yourself in the richness of Puerto Rican art, Gail Biaggi and Carlos Faure opened the Biaggie-Faure Fine Art gallery more than 30 years ago. Artists they represent include Olga Albizu, Rafael Cabrera, Alfredo Marin, Edwin Maurás, Quetzal Coalt, Noemí Ruiz, Samuel Ruiz, Edgar Sánchez Cumbas, and Luis Torruella. The place showcases from paintings to sculptures to ceramics and offers private and corporate art consulting, as well as art planning and on-site presentations.
Gallery hours are from 11:00 am to 5:00 p.m. and it is closed on Saturdays.
Siddhia Hutchinson | Glen Wielgus Fine Art Gallery
Co-owned by Siddhia Hutchinson and Glen Wielgus, this gallery in Vieques is dedicated to present the artwork of Caribbean-influenced artists. You’ll find works that include paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, prints, and more. The curators – whose artwork is also showcased – aim to connect artists with collectors. Featured artists include the likes of Sara Cook, Bob Gevinski, Bernardo Medina, Hattie Norman, Roxanna Norman, and many more. You can book art classes here as well if you want to refine your skills during your visit.
You can visit from Monday to Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Walter Otero Contemporary Art Gallery
This three-floor gallery in Puerta de Tierra aims to break with the traditional gallery model. WOCA integrates education and institutional components, as well as archiving components in the gallery. Find the main exhibits on the first floor, other presentations on the ground floor, and visit the rooftop to relish in the gardens and outdoor exhibits while overlooking the San Juan Bay. You’ll find pieces from Livia Ortiz, Allora & Calzadilla, Osvaldo Budet, and others. The gallery owner, Walter Otero, has been active in the art world for nearly two decades and has collaborated with local and international museums during his career.
The gallery opens from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays until 2:00 p.m.
Note: Most of the galleries on the Island accept major credit cards and ship worldwide.