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Where to go to to see contemporary Puerto Rican art of international quality
(your input and corrections are welcome, simply contact us):

Museums and art institutions (Puerto Rico)
Other exhibition spaces (Puerto Rico, Vieques, USVI)
Museums, art institutions, exhibition spaces (USA)
Museums (Latin America, Caribbean, Canada)
Collections, public art, foundations (Puerto Rico)
Galleries (Puerto Rico & abroad)
Art fairs, biennales & other regular events
Auction houses
Art agenda (culture in Puerto Rico)
Art platforms in the web

Museums and art institutions (Puerto Rico)

Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP - Institute of Puerto Rican Culture)
The ICP exhibits at the Arsenal de la Puntilla, at the Cuartel de Ballajá, at the Galería Nacional and in other spaces; the book store on Plaza San José is underdeveloped

executive director: Liliana Ramos-Collado (Puerto Rican); previously: Mercedes Gómez (Puerto Rican)
director Artes Plásticas: Abdiel Segarra (Puerto Rican); previously: Marie L. Purcell Villafañe (Puerto Rican)
founded 1955

Galería Nacional (ICP institution - National Gallery)
Convento de los Dominicos
between calle Norzagaray and the San José church
Old San Juan
Puerto Rican paintings (collection of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña) from XVIII (i.e. José Campeche) until 1960

icp website
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC - Museum of Contemporary Art)
Ave. Ponce de León/Ave. R. H. Todd
Parada 18, Santurce

director: Marianne Ramirez Aponte (Puerto Rican); founding director María Emilia Somoza (Puerto Rican) left in November 2008 after more than 24 years

curator: vacant; previously: Lilliana Ramos-Collado (Puerto Rican)
Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American vanguard art from the 1940s to the present

founded in 1984 (1988 at Barat Building of Universidad del Sagrado Corazón - todays Salas de las Artes -, since 2002 at present location)


Muso de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR - Museum of Puerto Rican Art or: Art Museum of Puerto Rico)
Ave. de Diego 299, Santurce

director: Lourdes Ramos (Puerto Rican)
curator: Juan Carlos López (Venezuelan) ((NOT SURE IF STILL THERE))
Puerto Rican art from the 17th century to the present

founded 2000

Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP - Art Museum of Ponce)
Ave. Las Américas 2325

Re-opened in Nov 2010 after two years of renovations/enlargements

during the construction works, the MAP ran MAP@PLAZA
(Museo de Arte de Ponce
en Plaza Las Américas, San Juan)

sub-director: Alejandra Peña Gutiérrez (Mexican) since Summer 2012
director: vacant (the Mexican Agustín Arteaga held the position till 2013)
curator: vacant (the American Cheryl Hartup held the position 2005-2012)
European pre-raphaelian art (El Greco, Goya, Rubens), international and local masters (Campeche, Oller, Myrna Baez, Martorell, Hernandez Cruz); temporary exhibitions focus on dialogues between contemporary local and international artists and the works in the collection (Guillermo Real, Victor Vázquez, David Schnell)

founded 1959 by Luis A. Ferré

Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico (School of Plastic Arts)
Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico
Antiguo Hospital La Concepción
Calle Baneficencia, Campo del Morro
Old San Juan

director: ???; previous director: Marimar Benitez (Puerto Rican)
teachers include reknown artists such as Haydée Landing Gordon, Charles Juhász-Alvarado, Linda Sánchez Pintor, José "Tony" Cruz, Carlos Ruíz-Valarino, María de Mater O'Neill, Elizam Escobar, Ada Bobonis, Carlos Marcial López and Edgar Rodríguez Luiggi

MHAA - Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte (UPR Museum of History, Antropology and Art)
Universidad de Puerto Rico
Recinto Río Piedras
Ave. Ponce de León

director: Flavia Marichal Lugo (Puerto Rican)
besides archeological and historic objects the museum hosts a collection of Puerto Rican works on paper (posters and prints) and paintings by old local masters (Campeche, Oller) - from pre-colombian aera to present; contemporary art exhibited in connection with the Trienal Poli/Gráfica and in retrospectives (Lorenzo Homar, Carlos Marichal)

founded 1949

Museo de Arte e Historia
Calle Norzagoray 150
Old San Juan

former marketplace; hosts cultural events, historic time line and changing exhibitions (not focused on arts/contemporary art)
Museo de Las Américas (Museum of the Americas)
Cuartel de Ballajá
2nd floor
Old San Juan

founder: Ricardo E. Alegría (Puerto Rican, 1921-2011)
director: María Ángela López Vilella (Puerto Rican)
dedicated to the history and culture of the Americas; exhibits works from pre-colombian aera to present (contemporary art - solo and group shows), indian and african heritage included; the ICP uses part of the building, too (see entry under "Cuartel de la Ballajá")

founded 1992

old website: prtc.net/~musame/
Museo de Arte de Bayamón (MAB)
Parque de las Ciencias Luis A. Ferré, Bayamón opened in February 2008

local masters Augusto Marín, Alfonso Arana, Carmelo Sobrino, Epifanio Irizarry, Oscar Colón Delgado, Félix Rodríguez Báez, Andy Bueso, Rafael Tufiño, Arnaldo Maas, Miguel Pou,...
works on paper by european masters Chagall, Miró, Picasso, Dalí, Matisse, Klée, Moore, Lam, Calder, Leger and Rembrandt

Museo de Arte de Caguas (MUAC)
corner Ruiz Belvis and Padial Streets (city center)

director: ???
curator: Elsa María Meléndez (Puerto Rican)
permanent show with works from the collection (focused on artists from the Turabo valley) and changing exhibitions (traditional to contemporary art)

Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos, Dra. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez (MCEH), Gurabo
Of the original five historic buildings on the campus of the Universidad del Turabo, three still exist. A new museum building is about to open.

director: Carmen T. Ruiz de Fischler
archeology, folk art and contemporary art; focus on local artists/culture

Museo de Arte e Historia de Arecibo René Marqués (MAHA)
Since 1990 the cultural center of Arecibo, named after the town's famous writer René Marqués. exhibition space for local artists


look for Museo Rene Marques in facebook

Additional museums (not only art): www.ilam.org


Other exhibition spaces (Puerto Rico, Vieques, USVI)

Casa Aboy
cultural space for music, theatre, literature etc. with photographic exhibitions at the inlaying photo gallery PL 900, and a library/bookstore

director: Marisa Rosado (Puerto Rican)
casaboy [at] coqui.net
the inlaying Galeria PL 900 was founded in 1975/76 as the first photo gallery in the Caribbean

Arsenal de la Puntilla
Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina
Calle La Puntilla 3
Old San Juan
main exhibiting space of the ICP Artes Plásticas; no permanent exhibition; main space for the triennials; mainly contemporary art; exhibition space of the Muestra Nacional (flyer PDF)
Cuartel de Ballajá
Antiguo Cuartel de Ballajá, Calles Beneficencia y Norzagaray, Old San Juan main exhibiting space of the ICP with permanent and changing exhibitions; main host of the biennials and of the triennial 2004
Espacio Arana
Calle San José 104
Old San Juan

Luis Alfonso Meléndez Ibarra (son of Alfonso Arana)
espacioarana [at] gmail.com
former residence of late artist Alfonso (Meléndez) Arana, former location of Galería Corinne Timsit; now host of the Cooperativa Arana and of the Arana Foundation
Casa Cortés
Calle San Francisco 210
Old San Juan

contacts: Laura Rentas, rentas.laura [at] gmail.com and José Luis Cedeño, jose.cedeno [at] gmail.com
The Cortés family ownes the Chocolate Cortés company and has offered this venue in various occasions for alternativ art shows. From September 4, 2012 on it will show "CCC: Caribes", works from the Cortés art collection (curator: Elizabeth Robles).
Pabellón de la Paz
Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera, Ave. Muñoz Rivera, Puerta de Tierra (San Juan)

Run by National Parks
large pavillion at the west end of the park; was used twice for El Pulguero de los Artistas
El Polvorín/Polverio del Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera, Ave. Muñoz Rivera, Puerta de Tierra (San Juan)

Run by National Parks
space on the grounds of the capital's Parque Muñoz Rivera; from children's drawings to experimental or artesanal - has been used as an off-space during the first CIRCA
Popular Center
Lobby of the Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Ave. Muñoz Rivera, Hato Rey 2011: Angel Botello retrospective; 2012: "The Way In", works by internationally reknown Puerto Rican artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, curated by Io Ann Carrion)
Off scene / Experimental spaces
Check the daily newspapers or the web agenda sites for other exhibition spaces such as restaurants, empty lots, abandoned buildings etc.
used to be at 1400 Calle Américo Salas, Santurce (San Juan) experimental space founded in December 2005 and run by the three artists Raquel Quijano, Jason Mena and Omar Obdulio Peña Forty; Raquel and Omar continued the project with changing locations until Obdulio founded 2BLEÓ in the same building in 2013.
2BLEÓ / Dobleó
Calle Américo Salas, corner Calle Hipódromo, Santurce (San Juan) Founded in 2013 by artist Omar Obdulio Peña Forty who uses the space also as his workshop.
El Local en Santurce
1425 Ave. Fernandez Juncos, Santurce (San Juan)

co-founder: Tara Rodriguez Besosa

ellocalensanturce [at] gmail.com
El Local opened in October 2008 and hosts the Galería Cuarentena

Santurce Inn
used to be at 1034 Calle Las Palmas, Santurce (San Juan)


ars.nume [at] gmail.com
Off space during CIRCA '06 and '08, changing exhibitions; artists' workshop

Antonio González-Walker, director (and exhibiting artist)
LA 15
703 Calle Ernesto Cerra,
Parada 15, Santurce (San Juan)

founding director: José Jorge Román, 703roman [at] gmail.com

Curatorial Center and Contemporary Art Space
La Respuesta
1600 Ave. Fernandez Juncos,
Santurce (San Juan)

info [at] cafeseda.com

director: José "Fofito" Morales
artistic director: Gisela Rosario
the crew formerly ran the Café Seda in Old San Juan; the new space is hugh and open for cultural events including visual arts and music; host of the first Puerto Rican Sound Art Fair - FAS 08
Sala Teatro Beckett
1008 Ave. Ponce de León,
2nd floor,
Río Piedras (San Juan)

host of PACA, an artistic, cultural and academic project that strives to bring cultural night life back to what once was a vibrating university town
PACA blog
GAUSC - Galería de Arte de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (Art Gallery of the USC)
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
Edificio Barat Sur, Santurce

director/curator: Adlín Ríos Rigau (Puerto Rican)
curatorial assistant: Norma Vila Rivero
formerly the host of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (at the Salas de las Artes in the 1st floor), the USC now runs a gallery in the patio that was inaugurated in 1995 (historic and contemporary shows)

Galería Delta de Pico at the Liga de Arte
Calle Beneficencia 1
Old San Juan

ligadearte [at] prtc.net

director: Elsa Costas
non-profit art school for children and adults; changing exhibitions featuring local artists and students
ÁREA - lugar de proyectos (Caguas)
entrepreneur and collector José Hernandez Castrodad owns the 2'500-square-foot art space in Caguas

info [at] arealugardeproyectos.com

first director (2005 - 2007): Quintín Rivera-Toro); current director: Natalia Martinez Soage
since 2005 a space for artists in residence, contemporary art exhibitions, curatorial experiments and talks
read article: artnet.com

related to METRO, Hernandez' new space in San Juan
METRO: plataformaorganizada (San Juan)
was located at Calle O'Neill 174, Hato Rey (San Juan)

made possible by José Hernández Castrodad who also finances ÁREA - lugar de proyectos in Caguas

opened in July 2011, closed in May 2012
artists: Héctor Arce, Migdalia Barens, Javier Bosques, Myritza Castillo, Rabindranat Díaz Cardona, Vanessa Hernández Gracia, Héctor Madera González, Elsa María Meléndez, Omar Obdulio Peña Forty, Quintín Rivera Toro, Christopher Rivera, Manolo Rodríguez, Carlos Ruiz Valarino, Cristina Tufiño, Sebastián Vallejo, Zinthia Vázquez, Norma Vila Rivero
Fundación ARWI
Ave. Avelino Vicente 756, Pda. 21, Santurce
contacts: Gretchelle L. Dilan and her brother Javier José Dilan

opened in March 2008 with a flashback on the two past ARWI fairs
prarwi.com/foundation.html (out of oder) / more info on facebook (?)
see Union's Contemporary Collector's Space under Galleries
Galería de Arte "Chardón" UPRM (Mayagüez)
Art Gallery on the Mayagüez campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPRM), Chardón Building

contacts: Yvette Cabrera and local artist Carlos Fajardo
currently only showing students' works

uprm.edu/gallery (not maintained since 2007)
Museo de Arte y Senado Académico MuSA (Mayagüez)
New museum on the Mayagüez campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPRM)

director/curator to be announced
not yet completed/inaugurated

will host the legacy of the late local artist Marcos Irizarry as well as acuarels by Dr. Agustín Stahl and a collection of contemporary works by Puerto Rican artists; the museum was designed by the architect Jaime Cobas
Museo Eugenio María de Hostos (Mayagüez)
Municipal exhibition space

director: María Matos Viera
the Rincón based North American artist Bruce Burt exhibited there in Oct 2010
Museo de Arte Dr. Pío López Martínez (Cayey)
Museum on the Cayey campus of the University of Puerto Rico

Curator: Mariel Quiñones Vélez

205 Ave. Antonio R. Barceló, Tel. 738-2161 ext. 2191 or 738-0650
dedicated to the legacy of Ramón Frade León (1875-1954); historic and contemporary art
Museo El Fortin Conde de Mirasol (Museum Fort Count Mirasol, Vieques)
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts, St. Croix)
exhibitions, art residencies, workshops

10 Strand Street, Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
founder: Candia Atwater


Museums, art institutions, exhibition spaces (USA)

Taller Boricua
Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Ave., New York 10029

directors: Marcos Dimas (Puerto Rican) and Fernando Salicrup (Puerto Rican/Nuyorican)
founded in 1970 (40th anniversary in 2010)

El Museo del Barrio
Heckscher Building, 1230 Fifth Ave. @ 104th Street, New York 10029

director: Julián Zugazagoitia (Mexican) - will become the new director of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (as of Sept 1, 2010) / new director to be announced...
founded 1969

Museum of Modern Art, New York moma.org
Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, CA
Taller Puertorriqueño
2721 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA
The Americas Society
680 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Smithsonian Institution
museums, affiliated museums and research centers in USA and PR (i.e. MAPR) www.si.edu
Institute of Puerto Rican
Arts & Culture

Museum address:
3015 West Division Street
Chicago, IL
Casa de la Cultura / Center for Latino Arts
Jorge Hernández Cultural Center
85 West Newton Street
Boston, MA

manager: Javier Torres
a program of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)



Museums (Latin America, Caribbean, Canada)

Museo Nacional de Arte (National Museum of the Arts)
La Paz, Bolivia
Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM, Museum of Modern Art)
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Museo de Artes Visuales (MAVI - Museum of the Visual Arts)
Santiago, Chile
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bogotá (MAC - Museum of Contemporary Art)
Bogotá, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM - Museum of Modern Art)
Cartagena, Colombia
Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (MADC - Museum of Contemporary Arts and Design)
Costa Rica
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Provincia de Salta, Argentina; Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; Museo de Arte Contemporãnea-MAC., Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil; Museé d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Quebec, Canadá; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile; Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia; Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia; Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia; Museo Nacional, La Habana, Cuba; Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana ... addresses of these and other museums in the Americas and the Caribbean can be found here (mapr.org)


Collections, public art, foundations (Puerto Rico)

Espacio 1414 (Berezdivin Collection)
Ave. Fernández Juncos 1414

directors: Diana and Moisés Berezdivin (Cuban born couple, owners of Kress fashion stores, in Puerto Rico since 1963)

contact: Miriam Lazoff (grandchild of the Berezdivins)
opened in 2005; collection initially focused on contemporary art from Latin America; has diversified in 2007
fist_art Foundation

fist_art FOUNDATION seeks to promote, educate, and foster understanding of contemporary art and its relationship with nature through public art projects, community based programs and educational initiatives.

Founded in 2008 by Carolina Stubbe in Dorado, Puerto Rico


Merrill Lynch
organizes/organized Puerto Rico Artweek as well as arte américas puertoricoartweek.com and arteamericasmiami.com
(out of order)
Seguros Múltiples
Compañia de Turismo de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rican Tourism Company)
Paseo de la Princesa
Old San Juan
large collection of Puerto Rican art, partly exhibited at Paseo de la Princesa building
Proyecto de Arte Público de Puerto Rico
governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá has stopped new projects in 2005; the ARTEpúblico office remained open to complete unfinished projects only

executive director of Directorat of Urbanism: Diana Luna
project director of ARTEpúblico: Miguel Rodríguez Casellas
from ? to 2005 over 70 public art projects were initiated (and mostly completed) in/on train stations, highways, public beaches, urban centers, unclaimed spaces and the internet; artists include Bobonis, Burgos, Juhász, Martorell, Salabarrías, Sobrino, Vázquez

Centro de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Center)
Avenida Ponce de León
Parada 22 1/2,
Santurce (San Juan)
sculptures, murals, glass windows, paintings by Annex Burgos, Augusto Marín, Rafael Tufiño, Luis Hernández Cruz,...



Galleries (in Puerto Rico and abroad, featuring Puerto Rican art)

Galeria Espacio 304
304 Eleanor Roosevelt, San Juan

espacio304 [at] gmail.com

director: Carlos H. Garcia
Mainly contemporary art from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Venezuela; new tendencies and upcoming young artists

Galería 356
named after their former space (César González 356, Hato Rey), this gallery has turned virtual and is looking for a new space

galeria356 [at] yahoo.com

director: Michele Fiedler
painting, installation, video, mixed-media; Elsa Maria Meléndez, Nelson Sambolin, Edgard Rodriguez Luiggi, Antonio Navia, Miguel Angel Torres Aponte, Jean-Michel Fiedler, Christopher Rivera,...

Galeria 778
778 Ave. San Patricio, Urb. Las Lomas, San Juan

director: Giovanna Verni
owner Carlos Moyka has made several attempts with his gallery; the last reopening was celebrated in Feb 09 with local and international artists, established and emerging

159 O'Donnell Street, Old San Juan
arte [at] artefoundation.com

director: Cathy Lucas

original editions on paper and multiples (local and international artists); library with material by and about Luigi Marrozzini; has been going to art fair with emerging artists lately


Galería Biaggi Fauré
Ave. Jesús T. Piñero 1035
Puerto Nuevo (San Juan)

info [at] biaggifaure.com

directors: Gail Biaggi & Carlos
Olga Albizu, Harak Rubio, Noemi Ruiz, Javier Cambre, Wichie Torres,...; member of "San Juan Art District"*

formerly ran a space at Calle Fortaleza 309, Old San Juan, then turned project based, using mainly the gallery space @ La Respuesta

Since 2010 not active anymore. Founders were Roberto Escobar Molina and artist Celso González.
opened 2007 with Celso González, Carmelo Sobrino, Elizam Escobar, Nelson Sambolin Heriberto Nieves, Fernando Mora, Luis Borrero, Eric Tabales, Moisés Castillo, Sofía Maldonado, Nick Quijano, Lilliam Nieves; then showcased very young artists (Cacheila Soto, Angelilah, Roberto Biaggi,...); celebrated Dia de los muertos @ La Respuesta with 44 artists of all generations in 2009.
BLINK Fine Art
Urb. Santa María Gigi # 4, San Juan

director: Marilin Hernández

falconvazquez [at] blinkfineart.com

artists: Emilio Arraiza, Ramón Feliciano, Moisés Fragela, Betzaida González, Marilin Hernández, Alexander Rosado, Aby Ruiz

Galería Botello
Calle Del Cristo 208, Old San Juan
botello [at] botello.com

director: Juan Botello
Nathan Budoff, Néstor Otero, John Betancourt, Lope Max Díaz, María de Mater O'Neill, Jorge Zeno, Víctor Vázquez, Frank J. Méndez, Myrna Báez, Marta Pérez García, Teo Freytes, Susana Espinosa,...

Ave. Jesús T. Piñero 1165, San Juan
Restaurant and Gallery with an artistically very mixed program, organized by artist José Marcano

Calle Ernesto Cerra 626, Santurce
Closed in 2012 (?!)
cart.watch [at] yahoo.com
787-647-7461 Martin Albarran
787-239-3040 Jaime Rodriguez
the "Pocket" show in February 2011 featured more than 100 young, emerging and established artists showing (very) small format works
Galeria Casa Jefferson
Calle Jefferson 106, Santurce

on facebook

Showed a collective parallel to the FotoVisura event and the Foto Biennial in 2012
CL Gallery
virtual Gallery

director: Carlos M. López of CMLC
founded "for" CIRCA 2010
Código 3
Calle Paraná 1715
(close to El Señorial Plaza)
La Corporación - Artist Studios
Calle Añasco 848
Barrio Blondet, Río Piedras

[at] gmail.com

director: Rogelio Báez Vega
studios for artists, shows and projects

A. Cueto Gallery
Ave. Escorial 531, Caparra Heights, San Juan

acueto [at] acuetogallery.com

director: Arnaldo Cueto
Luis Gonzalez, Agustin de Andino, Guillermo Zayas, Marlene Hernandez, Gladys Nieves, Orlando Vallejo,...

Galeria Éxodo
Calle Cristo 200 B
Old San Juan
director: Radames Rivera

galeriaexodo [at] gmail.com
Contemporary Caribbean art

Gómez Fine Art
Ave. Andalucia 404, Puerto Nuevo (San Juan)

Tel. 787-781 3857

director: Cheri Gómez
member of "San Juan Art District"*
Galería Mehr Licht
Calle Paraná 1666, El Cerezal, San Juan
info [at] galeriamehrlicht.org

director: José Sosa
galeriamehrlicht.org (currently out of order)
OBRA Galería Alegría
Calle Cruz 301, Old San Juan

gallery [at] obragaleria.com
Roberto Paradise

first located in an upstairs space at Calle San Francisco in Old San Juan, then moved to Calle Hipódromo # 610 in Santurce

director: Francisco "Tito" Rovira Rullán (former director of Galeria Comercial in Santurce)
info [at] robertoparadise.com

Jesus "Bubu" Negron, Jose Lerma, Rafael Vargas Bernard, Alana Iturralde, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado, Radamés "Juni" Figueroa, Chaveli Sifre and Jonathan Torres among others

Galería Petrus
Calle Hoare 726 corner Calle Las Palmas, Puerto Nuevo (San Juan)

director: Sylvia Villafañe
artists from Aixa Requena to Rafael Rivera Rosa

(from May 2007 to ?? also exhibited art at homespot in Puerta de Tierra, San Juan)

Pintadera Galería de Arte
Ave. Andalucía 414, Puerto Nuevo (San Juan)

pintadera [at] prtc.net

Roberto Hernández and Adalberto Meléndez
member of "San Juan Art District"*
Galerías Prinardi
used to be in Hato Rey, then till 2009 at the Hotel Normandie in Puerta de Tierra which closed down; currently without a space

director: Judith Nieves Lacomba
(former director Andrés M. Marrero Martínez passed away in August 2007)
emerging artists and masters such as Rafael Tufiño, Domingo Izquierdo, Carlos Raquel Rivera, Augusto Marín, Luis Hernandez Cruz, Julio Rosado del Valle and Diógenes Ballester

RICA The Gallery
started as a project/virtual gallery by CIRCA founder/director Roberto Nieves, run by Carla Acevedo

moved to 778 Ave. San Patricio, Urb. Las Lomas, San Juan in April 2012 (sharing space with Galeria 778)

contact [at] ricathegallery.com

founded in December 2009; participated at Photo Miami 2009 and CIRCA 2010; took Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Jorge Díaz Torres, Omar Velázquez, Roberto Márquez (all PR) and Dani Marti (Spain/Australia) to Art Beijing 2010

The Art Room
53 Calle Navarro, Hato Rey, San Juan

Run by artist José A. Quiñones

787-414 4033
Union's Contemporary Collector's Space
Calle Unión 704 (underground)
Miramar, San Juan

space run by artist couple Walter "Tito" Fernández and Nani Alvarez, better known as

787-685 65 12

info [at] repuestoweb.org
UCCS blog
URI Art Gallery
Puerto Nuevo (San Juan)

directors: Raquel Espinosa and Manuel Vázquez
Puerto Rican and Latin American Art


member of "San Juan Art District"*
Galería Varro
210 Eleanor Roselvelt

director: Felipe Jiménez

jimmar [at] ymail.com
Galería Veve
a virtual gallery

founder/director: Joanne M. Rodríguez Veve
dedicated to emerging Puerto Rican artist; participated at CIRCA 2010

Viota Gallery
Ave. San Patricio 793, Puerto Nuevo (San Juan)

info [at] viotagallery.com

director: Armando Viota
opened 1987; Melquiades Rosario Sastre, Carlos Cancio,...

Walter Otero Contemporary Art (WOCA)
Since Feb. 2013 located at 402 Ave. Constitucion, Puerta de Tierra, San Juan

director: Walter Otero
Allora & Calzadilla, Ángel Otero, Andrés Serrano, Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Axel Ruiz, Carlos Betancourt, Fabián Marcaccio, Gamaliel Rodríguez, Héctor Arce Espasas, Ignacio Lang, Luis Vidal, Michael Linares, Mónica Rodríguez, Osvaldo Budet, Rafael Vega, Ramón Miranda Beltrán, Shonah Trescott, Víctor Vázquez, ...

Galería Yemáya
Ave. Andalucía 520, Puerto Nuevo (San Juan)

info [at] galeriayemaya.com

director: Beto Torrens
founded 2002 by Gretchen Ruiz and Beto Torrens in Isabela, opened 2007 gallery in San Juan with artists Miguel "Guela" Díaz, Cecile Molina, Cristina Córdova, Héctor Rafael, Alberto Mier, Jorge "Rito" Cordero, Beto Torrens, Gretchen Ruiz; since 2011 run by Beto Torrens only


member of "San Juan Art District"*
* The "San Juan Art District" was formed by various galleries, located at Ave. Andalucía, Ave. Centrál and Ave. J. T. Piñero in Puerto Nuevo (San Juan). These galleries once coordinated opening nights and other activities. The Santurce based art institutions also try to coordinate activities.

Galería RhoMa

directora: Michelle Fernández Castillo

local and international artists such as Edwin Guevarez, Connie Ann Martin, Antonio Fonseca, Ramón Mojica and Sergio Lastre
West Gallery
Mayagüez (town center)
westgallerypr [at] gmail.com

director: Alicia Martínez Castro
Galeria Trinitaria
2980 Avenida Emilio Fagot, Ponce
info [at] galeriatrinitaria.com

director: Sylvia Rivera
Alfonso Arana, Andy Bueso, Angel Botello, Augusto Marin, Epifanio Irizarry, Fulgen Sabatier, Gladys Nieves, Gloria Rivera, Isabel Vázquez, John Balossi, Jorge Rechany,...

Puerto Rico Fine Arts Gallery
Puerto Rico Fine Arts Gallery
La Rambla Office Park
Carr. 14 Marginal La Rambla
Ponce (and soon San Juan, too)

director: Luis Ignacio Ramón
owner: Rolando Jimenez-Acevedo

prarte [at] yahoo.com
artists: Arana, Bueso, Marín, Epifanio Irizarry, Félix Bonilla, Andújar, Balossi, Graziani, Pou, Noemí Ruíz, Olga Albizu, Orlando Vallejo, Osiris Delgado, Tufiño, Wichie Torres, Chiesa, Carlos Cancio, Roche Rabell, Bonilla Ryan, Marta Perez Garcia,...

Inception Gallery
Paris, France

director: Corinne Timsit
Timsit formerly ran a gallery in what is now the Espacio Arana in Old San Juan. The gallery represents the Puerto Rican artists Carlos Betancourt and Melvin Martinez.

Zurich, Switzerland

info [at] peripher.ch

director: Lisa Ladner
cultural space that ran from September 2010 to January 2012 and showed works by Puerto Rican artists in an international and theme based context

Primer Piso Galería
once a gallery space in Old San Juan, then in Condado, now based in Puerta Vallarte, Mexico

primerpiso [at] mac.com

director: Michael Williams
Latin American Contemporary, features Puerto Rican and Mexican artists among others



Art fairs, biennales & other regular events

La Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, San Juan, Puerto Rico
formerly known as the San Juan Biennial of Latin American and Caribbean Graphic Arts (1970-2001). 1970 the first and oldest meeting ground for the Latin American graphic arts turned into a triennal in 2004.

artistic director 2009: Adriano Pedrosa (Brasil), curators: Julieta González (Venezuela), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico), Jens Hoffmann (USA)

curatorial group 2012: Deborah Cullen (Director of Curatorial Programs at El Museo del Barrio, New York; American), Antonio Sergio Bessa (PhD Director of Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, profesor: Museum Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College; Brazilian), Ursula Davila-Villa (Associate Curator of Latin American art at the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin) and Rebeca Noriega Costas (Independent Curator and Professor at Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras)
biennal since 1970, triennal since 2004; second triennal: April 18 - June 28, 2009, third triennal: April 28 - August, 2012 - 3 venues (Arsenal, Galeria Nacional, Museo Casa Blanca), over 150 artists - "THE HIVE/EL PANAL"

organized by the ICP, www.icp.gobierno.pr

additional articles/information about the 2012 triennal: Conboca

related link: Biennal Foundation

CIRCA Puerto Rico
first international contemporary art fair in the Caribbean and Central América, starting point of several off spaces/events Ran yearly from 2006 to 2010. The last fair (2010) was in collaboration with Art Beijing.

Bienal Internacional de Fotografia de Puerto Rico

The 8th edition features works by Eduardo Bermúdez García, Tari Beroszi, Rosamary Berríos, Karim Borjas, Lucía Castellano, Abey Charrón, José Charrón, Jorge Chavarria, Salvi Colom, Angel Rafael Figueroa Piñero, Anthony Gamunev, Emiliano Gatica, Manuel González, Victor Rafael González, Gabriel López Albarrán, Hermanos Lumière, Carmen Mojica, Lorna Otero, Adiela Marie, Luis Francisco Marti, José Martínez Soto, Jorge Ramos Caro, Waleska Rivera, Marisol Roca Vall-Llobera, Ricardo Rodríguez, Gretchen Ruiz Ramos, Annie Saldaña, Marisol Villanueva, Haydee (Tita) Yordán.

The Biennial will again be held at the Museo de las Américas, Sept 6 - Oct 28, 2012.

2010 was the 7th Photo Biennial (dedicated to the Biennial's deceased founder Jorge Ramos Caro).

The selected photographers in the VII Biennial were Jaime Álvarez, Lady Arce Torres, Roberto Biaggi, Pablo Cambó, Luis Carle, Rosa Centeno, Abey Charrón, Salvi Colom, Jacqueline Cooper, Frank Elias, Carlos Esteva Rozas, Rosario Fernández, Robert Kozek, Christopher López, Gabriel López Albarrán, Jorge Luna, Reyes Meléndez, Liza Morales, Lorna Otero, Víctor Rafael, Waleska Rivera Ramos and Haydee Yordán. The 7th Biennial was held at the Museo de las Américas, Cuartel de Ballajá, Old San Juan.

ARWI - Puerto Rico Art and Wine Fair
another annual fair targeting at the local and international lovers of arts (and wine); held for first time October 2006 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center ran from 2006 till 2008 (3 editons)

prarwi.com (out of order)
El Pulguero
de los Artistas

an el-status.com project that had 60+ artists interact directly with the market; 1st Pulguero (April 12-13, 2008) ran parallel to CIRCA 08; 2nd Pulguero (April 18-19, 2009) parallel to CIRCA 09 and the opening of the Trienal Poli/Gráfica

Carmelo Sobrino and Lisa Ladner
FAS - Feria de Arte Sonoro
an el-status.com project that brings together sound artists (visual artists, performer, musicians, composers)

founder: Lisa Ladner
curators: Lisa Ladner with Jorge Castro and Omar Obdulio Peña Forty (2008), with Omar Obdulio Peña Forty and Andrés Lugo (2010), and with Andrés Lugo and Norma Vila Rivero (2013)
1st edition: FAS 08, Aug 15-17, 2008 at La Respuesta, Santurce, San Juan

2nd edition: FAS 2010, Aug 13-15, 2010 at Espacio Arana, Old San Juan

3rd (international) edition: FAS|PR|2013, Oct 3-26, 2013 at Sala de las Artes, Universidad del Sagrado Corazon

Bienal de la Escultura en Concreto
biennial exhibition of sculptures made out of concret at the river banks of the Cagüitas River, Urb. San Antonio, Caguas, Puerto Rico

Museo de Arte de Caguas,
tel. 787-744 88 33
was celebrated in 2007 for the third time (with Carmen Inés Blondet, Jaime Suarez, Ramon Berrios, Jessica Torres)
SCOPE International Contemporary Art Fair, New York, Basel, Hamptons, London, Miami
2007, Basel: Gamaliel Rodríguez-Ayala/The Storehouse Group; Charles Juhász-Alvarado/CR3MA; 2007, New York: The Storehouse Group; 2009, Miami: Galeria Yemaya (Carolina Caycedo, Cecile Molina Machargo, Edgardo Larregui, Jorge Rito Cordero, Migdalia Luz Barens Vera), ArteFoundation (Carlos Davila Rinaldi, Augusto Ferrer, Raimundo Figueroa, Dominique Rousserie) since 2002 (Basel since 2007)

Art Basel Miami Beach
2005: Punto Gris artbaselmiamibeach.com
photo MIAMI
International Contemporary Art Fair for Photo-based Art, Video & New Media; 2006 with FGA presents the DAMS, curated by Pedro Velez (young art from Puerto Rico); 2007 with FGA/Pedro Vélez and the Galleries 356 and Candela founded 2006

Art Now Fair (Miami Beach and New York)
A hotel based art fair during Art Basel Miami Beach featuring new, emerging and established galleries. 2007 with Petrus Gallery and Rafael Rosario Laguna (Moka Gallery) Miami Beach since 2007

Armory Show, New York
Biennial of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2002: Chemi Rosado Seijo, Javier Cambre
S-Files, Museo del Barrio, New York
2002: Javier Cambre, Leticia Stella-Serra, Cari González-Casanova, Miguel Luciano, Aixa Requena elmuseo.org/sfiles/
ICAfair - The International Caribbean Art Fair, New York
the only fair in the world that exclusively features artworks by artists of Caribbean heritage and those living in the Caribbean
first time: November 2007, repeated in 2008, cancelled in 2009

artists: Rafael Rosario Laguna (Moka Gallery also featured Ballosi, Ruiz and Marin), José Oscar Torres, Luis González and Jaime A. Carreras (A. Cueto Gallery)

pinta - The Contemporary Latin American Art Fair, New York
first art fair in New York that concentrated on Latin American art

Puerto Rican artist Tony Bechara and the collectors Diana and Moises Berezdivivn (espacio 1414) were in the initial host comitee

artfacts: Toro Rivera/W. Otero (2007)

artfacts: exhibition preview (2007)
since November 2007

Quintin Rivera Toro; Carlos Ruiz Valarino, Fernando Paes, Nathan Budoff (Latitude Art Projects); in 2009: Sofia Maldonado, Quintin Rivera Toro

maco, México Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico
2005: Galeria Punto Gris (PR) with Allora & Calzadilla, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Ivelisse Jiménez macomexico.com
Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba
Bienal del Caribe, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
article about the biennial's future
Merrill Lynch arteaméricas (Latin American Art Fair), Miami, FL
artists: Jason Mena, Guillermo Zayas, Archie Cortés, Orlando Vallejo, José Oscar Torres, Carlos Betancourt, Ernesto Pujol, Arnaldo Roche, Tony Bechara,... ; galleries: 2003 - Caribe Concepts Art Gallery, Galeria Calle Cristo / 2004 - La casa del Arte, Pamil Fine Art / 2005 - Galeria Botello, Walter Otero, Viota Gallery / 2006 - Viota Gallery, Walter Otero, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Museo De Arte de Ponce / 2007 - ??? / 2008 - A. Cueto Gallery, Gomez Fine Arts, Latitude Art Projects (see booth)
since 2003

Primera Hora article (3/27/08)

International EXPO Art Festival, Montréal, Canada
2007: artists Luis Borrero, Abismael Ruíz, Admin Torres, Carlos Santiago, José Graziani; ABAC Gallery, Arte Inversion Galería, Artemedia, Pavon Fine Art since 2006, not yet with a clear profile (no cutting-edge contemporary art fair)

São Paulo Biennale, Brasil
2004: José Morales, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado one of the oldest fairs in the world

Buenos Aires Biennale, Argentina
Art Basel, Switzerland
2006: Allora & Calzadilla, Jesús "Bubu" Negrón, Javier Cambre
2007: Allora & Calzadilla, Enoc Pérez, Melvin Martínez, José Lerma and Space Other (Boston based gallery run by a Puerto Rican)

article in endi.com
Kunst Zürich, Switzerland
International Fair for Contemporary Art, 2006 with 80 galleries from 12 countries - no Puerto Rican artists/galleries so far since 1996

Art International Zürich, Switzerland
2005: Viota Gallery (San Juan, PR) with Rabindranat Diaz, Melquíades Rosario Sastre; Latin Art Gallery (Amsterdam NL) with Arnaldo Roche Rabell a third-class fair (you should rather consider the Kunst Zürich or one of the Basel events)

Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
Art Cologne, Germany
documenta Kassel, Germany
Arco Madrid, Spain
2001: Chemi Rosado Seijo
2002: Galeria Botello (San Juan, PR) with Arnaldo Morales
2004: Walter Otero Gallery (PR) with Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Victor Vázquez; Galeria Punto Gris (PR) with Ivelisse Jiménez
SWAB Barcelona International Contemporary Art Fair, Spain
Venice Biennale, Italy
2005: Allora & Calzadilla labiennale.org
FIAC, Paris
2005: Allora & Calzadilla fiacparis.com
London Biennale
Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art, Italy
prize-winners Moises Castillo, Luis Ivorra, Brizaida Medina and Yelyn Vivoni as well as Carmen Olmo-Terrasa and Moises Fragela Zayas participated in 2007;
past years: Carmelo Sobrino (as Carmelo Martinez Arroyo, 1999 or 2001), Rafael Trelles, Humberto (or Raimundo?) Figueroa, Orlando Vallejo, Heriberto Nieves (2005)
Ljubljana Biennal of Graphic Arts
2005: a selection from the San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennal won the Grand Prize at the Ljublijana Biennal. Artists: Allora & Calzadilla, Miguel Luciano, Adál Maldonado, Antonio Martorell, Garvin J. Sierra, Mary Patierno and Natalia Munoz. Curator: Elvis Fuentes.

2007: Allora & Calzadilla, Papo Colo, Miguel Luciano, Antonio Martorell, Omar Obdulio Peña Forty, Raquel Quijano, Carlos Reyes, Arnaldo Roche, Garvin Sierra, Rafael Trelles and Carlos Ruiz Valarino. Curator: Marimar Benítez.

2013: Charles Juhasz-Alvarado
the 2007 biennal is the 27th

Singapore Biennale
2006: Charles Juhasz-Alvarado since 2006

other biennals ...
... and fairs are listed ... ... here (mapr.org)


Auction houses

Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Nick Quijano, Rafael Tufiño, Myrna Baez, Carmelo Sobrino and masters such as Oller were sold via Sotheby's sothebys.com


Art agenda (culture in Puerto Rico)

Los Balcones
de San Juan
The following links lead to pages of a private website that are updated almost daily by Eduardo J. Torres, director of balconesdesanjuan.com San Juan Calender

Art Calender

artist Carmen Olmo's cultural agenda focuses on contemporary Puerto Rican art on the Island and abroad dondeveoarte.com
El Nuevo Día
El Nuevo Día Interactivo sometimes lists cultural events in its "News > cultura" section elnuevodia.com
Primera Hora
addressing a younger public; section "cooltura" primerahora.com
This weekly paper has a cultural agenda named "en la semana" and a cultural section called "en rojo" claridadpuertorico.com
Look for "escenario" to find culture/arts in this newspaper vocero.com (escenario news)

vocero.com (escenario extra suplement)
Other ways of learning where to go... Get in contact with the off-spaces and above mentioned institutions and ask to be put on their mailing lists! check the online magazines in the Knowledge section of el-status.com to read reviews and outlooks


Art platforms in the web

In order to show your art work or artists to the world (of internet users), el-status.com suggests you - artist, gallery owner - get listed in one or several of the following sites:

el-status.com Independent Platform for Contemporary Puerto Rican Art concept/about
register here
Lisa Ladner's private initiative, growing with the help of the Puerto Rican art community, in collaboration with and featured by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico.

cutting-edge contemporary art platform; good newsletter concept/about
register here
contemporary art from Mexico, Latin America and Spain; good newsletter concept(about
register here
The Saatchi Gallery
various partly curated virutal galleries concept/about
register here
Directorio de Artistas
the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico's artists directory concept & registration


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