Calle 60 x 41 & 43 Centro
Last year SoHo Galleries celebrated 10 years in business and was personally recognized by the Mayor of Merida, Renan Barrera, for its long career in contributing and supporting the arts in Merida. It is an art gallery and cultural center for the community and for artists, from both Mexico and abroad. Owner Adele Aguirre, originally from New York City, has always had a passion for art. Confessing that her home in New York looked like an art gallery, she says she is able to live the dream by having her own gallery. SoHo Galleries was opened with the goal of being a cultural hub where artists, creative people and general members of the community could meet and inspire one another. Adele and her team of directors, Yesenia Lope, and Aron Echeveria, have definitely made that happen - and then some.
Over these past 10 years, SoHo Galleries has evolved, and grown by continuing to promote artistic inspiration and innovation. Aguirre is drawn to new artists and likes to take a chance on young cutting-edge new talent, while at the same time exhibiting well-known artists. The idea is to bring to Merida national and international artists whose art is able to evoke profound emotions in those who enter the gallery doors. This is the essence of art and the purpose of artistic expression that hopefully the viewer and buyer will experience at SoHo. SoHo actively hosts events and openings nearly every month. Be sure to continue following MID CityBeat for more information as well as SoHo Galleries Facebook or Instagram.
Monday to Friday 10am-5pm
Centro Cultural La Cúpula
Calle 54 x 41 & 43 Centro
Centro Cultural La Cúpula opened its doors in December 2015 and is located in the heart of Centro close to Paseo de Montejo. It is housed in a beautiful and monumental historic building. This art center is very active in the community, having events nearly every week. La Cupula promotes not only plastic arts, but the dramatic arts, music, dance, literature, and film. Promoting artists from around the world, it is also a residence for visiting artists. Here you can find art exhibits that push the envelope of high culture and innovative ideas.
La Cupula has been recognized as a center for the arts that contribute to the betterment of Yucatan by the Secretary of Arts and Culture of Yucatan. The center has collaborated with many recognized organizations that promote art such as the International Festival of Lights in Mexico, The Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation in the Netherlands, and the Japanese Foundation in Mexico, among others.
It boasts seven exposition halls, a video hall, a large outdoor garden space, and a workshop. where artists have created murals and installations as well as drawings, paintings, and sculptures. The Cupula is a space where you will meet fascinating people, interested in sharing their love for the arts. It brings together some of the great intellectuals, art enthusiasts and artists of the area and is a space where one can socialize and be intellectually inspired. For more information on upcoming events, you can visit their Facebook page or continue following us at MID CityBeat as we will be posting about their events as well.
Fundación de Artistas
Calle 55 x 54 & 52 Centro
Fundación de Artistas is a nonprofit organization that supports the development of arts in Yucatan, Mexico. As you walk into the colonial house you see a space that is breathtaking with the large Spanish arches in the corridor around the central garden of what was a spectacular house back in the turn of the 19th Century. They have chosen to not restore the house with paint, leaving it as it was found, albeit fixed up so that it is a safe environment. When you see this clash of the past in the modern world, the house itself is a work of art. Their mission is to be a haven for artistic souls of all disciplines and experiences, cultivating creativity through inspiration and education.
It opened its doors in February 2015, in order to promote the individuality of the artists. The feature artists of all disciplines, showcasing their original works. Fundacion is also a center for the arts and culture holding educational seminars, concerts and art openings. This is an art center that you must visit in Merida.
Open every day from 10:30am -830pm
Galeria Urbana Merida
Paseo 60 2nd Floor Centro
Galeria Urbana Blanquis gallery opened its doors in May of 2019 and is located on the second floor of Paseo 60. It’s hard to see how to get up there but taking the elevator by Crabster restaurant is the easiest way. It’s an incredible gallery featuring mostly renowned Mexican artists.
The original gallery is in Mexico City and is a family business that started 45 years ago as a specialty framing store. It grew into one of the most cutting-edge and well-known galleries in Mexico City.
Having grown up in the world of art and the owners have a wealth of knowledge about Mexican art and are expert framing craftsmen. They give a specialized service to all their clients which include making home visits to take measurements, offering various pieces of the artwork according to the particular space and custom framing. It’s a concierge service for art.
This is a trusted gallery in Mexico City and they hope to bring that same quality to Merida. They pride themselves on having three generations of clients and were even at one point entrusted with a Frida Kahlo painting to frame. That was a great joy and highlight!
The artists on exhibit here in the Merida gallery are:
Jorge Marín (sculpturist), Pedro Friedeberg, Rafael Coronel, Neón, Fernando Andriacci, Ana Santos, Armando Romero, Leonora Carrington, and Jazzamoart among others. Absolutely worth checking out!
You can make appointments at:
999 366 5135
La Sala Art Gallery
Calle 60 45 & 42 Centro
La Sala Art Gallery just opened in a new location on Calle 60 and they have a great space to feature their invited artists. It is a small gallery run by Laura Garcia, wife of well-known Spanish artist Alfredo Romero Campos. In her gallery, Laura finds cutting edge artists that are pushing the envelope. She features the works of Mexican and international artists and wants to bring new and innovative exhibitions to Merida. Among visiting artists, they also have the works of Alfredo Romero Campos’ whose series “Vestigios de Nuestros Tiempos” has been highly successful in Mexico and abroad.
Recently she had the works of Sharon Kopriva an American painter and sculptor who lives and works in Houston, Texas, and Hope, Idaho. “Best known for her sculptures of human figures (often in mummified form) and animals. Kopriva’s paintings have been shaped by the mountain forests of Idaho, where she spends her summers.” Laura plans on bringing in new exhibitions monthly.
If in the area, I definitely recommend stopping by and taking a look at what is happening on the art scene at La Sala.
Monday to Saturday
Calle 56 x 47
Lagalá 56:426 is an arts and culture concept complex. There is an art gallery, a boutique store, featured in our article here, a cafe with incredible food, and a space for intellectual and cultural workshops. The center has two exhibition halls; however, the artwork is displayed all through Lagalá. The focus is on promoting contemporary and emerging artists. They provide a showcase for those artists that have been inspired in Mexico and have a global perspective.
They have featured artists from Yucatan, other parts of Mexico and abroad. In Lagalá they have many events throughout the year including workshops promoting creative entrepreneurship and design, food and arts festivals and art openings. For a whole artistic experience Lagala 56: 426 is most definitely a place to put on the list when coming to Centro, Merida.
9am-6pm Monday to Saturday
9am to 4pm Sunday
Ave. Jose Diaz Bolio, Colonia Mexico
Galeria Mexico opened its doors in October of 2019. It was opened by a young entrepreneur Mario Torre, who has much enthusiasm to impulse the art scene in Merida. The gallery is small and is in a perfect location between the Centro and the north end of town--in the heart of Colonia Mexico. He features several successful Mexican artists such as Carlos Genova, Gabriel Ramirez, and Yuri Zatarain as well as his sister Alexa Torre who is an accomplished photographer. Mario also promotes international artists; next month a French artist whose work is stunning will be exhibited. MID CityBeat will be sure to keep you informed on that inauguration.
Both emerging and well-known artists are brought to the gallery and they will be changing their exhibition every three months. It’s a gallery that seeks to introduce its clients and art enthusiasts to innovative and contemporary art. They plan on having a new exhibition every three months. It’s definitely a new gallery to put on the list to check out.
Feb 26 10am -Feb 27th 10pm Galeria Mexico will be hosting a virtual auction. It will be a great opportunity to bid on some terrific art pieces of both local and international artists. Done only a few times in Merida, Galería Mexico is steping into the virtual auction trend to make art available at your fingertips.
All you have to do is go to this link:
Join the chat group. Owner Mario Torre will send you the catalog and when 10am Feb 26 comes you can start your bid!
Monday to Friday 10am-7pm
Saturday and Sunday appointment only
T. (999) 461-5318 C. (999) 163-3114
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Galeria Casa Colon
12 kilometers Carretera Progreso
Galeria Casa Colon is located on the Periferico on your way to Progreso and just re-opened on Feb 11th in this new location. Owner Carlos Jorge Macari is an accomplished painter and has been an avid art collector for many years. He first opened GCC on Avenida Colon in Garcia Gineres in 1995, then they moved out to the north end of town to Xcanatun. Now in their newest location, you will find a fabulous new space designed specifically to be a gallery. It is in a large pink building with a yellow giraffe sculpture by Mexican artist Carmen Arvizu in the front.
From the very beginning, Macari’s vision was always to promote the arts and collecting in Yucatan. He has a great eye for art and many of the emerging artists he exhibited in 1995 are now well-known and successful artists such as Armando Romero, Francisco Castro Leñero, and Magali Lara just to name a few. Currently, in GCC they feature over 28 artists from around the world from countries including Mexico, US, Japan, and Australia among others. Their collection features cutting-edge contemporary artists, giving the art enthusiasts access to world-class pieces by acclaimed artists from around the world such as Tomoko Nagali, Kevin Sloan, Melissa Loop, Miroco Machiko and more. Many of the featured artists have been part of important public and private collections. The art collector will find a wide variety of art for any space. Definitely worth a visit.
Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm
Lux Perpetua Art Centre
Calle 20 num. 87E x 15 Col. Itzimná
In 2015 Lux Perpetua Art Centre opened to the public in a lovely art deco building in Itzimná just a few blocks from the famous 16th-century church Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro. It was opened by young entrepreneurs whose goal was to encourage the creative art economy and promote the arts by focusing on local, national and international artists. At Lux Perpetua, they focus on gallery exhibitions, a lithography workshop and a program for art residents. Here they have rapidly created a reputation for exhibiting some of the most innovative art in the city.
They exhibit various types of plastic arts such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and lithography. They currently are featuring the work of Mauricio Cervantes from Oaxaca now living in Merida. It is an impressive display of painting, mosaics and tile work. A part of the exhibition is an intriguing series called “Ablutions and Baths” where he explores how various cultures view menstrual cycles. You see images of different languages including Sanskrit, Arabic, and Latin and well as the silhouettes of women in red tile. Some looked ashamed, others hiding and others in their power.
Lux Perpetua is absolutely recommended to check out on your gallery tour of Merida, it's a beautiful space with a clear vision of advancing the contemporary art scene in Merida.
Monday to Saturday
10am-2pm and 4pm-7pm
Calle 39 x 54 & 56
El Caimito is an alternative industrial-style gallery Centro near Paseo de Montejo. It was started by artist Jose Luis Rumbo from Mexico City. He originally opened a space in Colonia Mexico which he called "Space and Time." Then he moved to Colonia Esperanza and now he is currently on Calle 39 between 54 & 56. Rumbo has a 33-year career as an artist. His work has been displayed in Mexico City, Europe, USA, and Asia. He works with different techniques such as graphic design, painting, lithography, photography, performance arts, and sculpture.
At Caimito he has made a place to promote young urban artists, giving the emerging artists a space to display their art and express their creativity. At the center, they host various cultural events during the week including poetry readings, modern dance performances, theatrical performances and art openings. El Caimito has created a hub where young people and creatives feel free to be themselves and express their creative power. Rumbo also gives classes at the gallery as well as at the university. Be sure to continue following MID CityBeat Facebook feed for programs of upcoming events at Caimito or check out their Facebook. This is a gallery to keep on the list!
Monday to Friday 10am-2pm 4pm-8pm
Pasaje Picheta Calle 61 x 60 & 62
Arte 1010 started four years ago when a group of young entrepreneurs started collecting art with the intention of focusing on Yucatecan talent. In time they also decided to be at the forefront of online art sales in Yucatan and decided to sell artwork online as an online gallery. As they continued with their journey on the art scene they, with the collaboration and guidance of the great Yucatecan artist Victor Argáez, decided to host pop-up galleries in private houses as well as collaborate with the government and charities in various exhibitions. Soon they decided to expand to also collect and sell works from other artists from around Mexico, Cuba, Belgium and more. At Arte 1010 they are art collectors and take pride in their artists. It was always important for them to become close with the artists and be sure to invite them into their lives and share time and experience with them. They have earned a reputation for excellent taste in art and promoting cutting-edge artists with excellent technical skills.
Just recently they decided to open a permanent gallery in the plaza grande in an are called Pasaje Picheta. The gallery is in a beautiful space and impresses the passerby. Anyone who sees it is most definitely lured in to take a better look. In addition to the permanent gallery there is an exhibition hall where they feature the spotlight artist of the current exhibition. They inaugurated this space with the work of Cuban Luis Saldaña and it is an absolutely spectacular collection of his latest series: Stereotypes. At Arte 1010 they plan on hosting 10-12 exhibitions or cultural events during 2020. Their artwork can also be found in restaurants around town and in hotels such as Piedra de Agua and Holiday Inn. This is most definitely a gallery to pop into for a look at the captivating work of their artists.
Monday to Friday 10am-2pm and 4:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm
Galeria de Michael Tolleson Robles
Calle 60 x 37 & 39
The Galeria de Michael Tolleson Robles is a large 4000 square foot warehouse right on Calle 60--it’s hard to miss! It is managed by and filled with the artwork of the owners Michael Tolleson Robles and Jack Carl. These two are no strangers to having a large space. Back in Seattle from where they moved to Mexico, they had a 3000 square foot gallery. They are both such prolific artists that even their current gallery space can’t house all their work. Michael and Jack are both autistic; painting has been a gift they have been exploring for 8 years now. Jack used to use charcoal to draw his sketches. When Michael encouraged him to use more colors, Jack was hesitant, so Michael told him: “If you try it, I will too!” So they both started to paint and little did Michael know he discovered he was an autistic savant. Painting came second nature to him. Michael’s fourth painting was sold for over US $4000 and with less than twenty paintings both Jack and Michael were picked up by galleries and started earning a living with their art. It takes Michael around two hours to finish a painting and Jack nearly one day.
Currently, at the gallery they have a showroom and their two studios where they create their art. Soon, however, they plan on adding a restaurant where visitors can enjoy food, coffee, wine, and cocktails. Jack also plans to initiate an art and school program. Both would like to get into mentoring gifted artistic students with autism. They feel it important to give back to the community by giving those with autism an opportunity to learn both arts as well as life-skills. This is definitely a gallery to check out. Michael and Jack are there most of the time, so you will be able to meet them and chat about their projects and art. It’s a friendly vibe and a great space!
Every day 10:30am to 7pm
Galleries on our list:
Centro Cultural La Cúpula
Fundación de Artistas
Galeria Urbana Merida
La Sala Art Gallery
Galeria Casa Colon
Lux Perpetua Art Centre
Galeria de Michael Tolleson Robles
Article and photos by Stephanie Carmon
Video by Stephanie Carmon and edited by Addy
MID CityBeat On the Art Scene
12 Must Visit Galleries in Merida, Yucatan
At MID CityBeat we continue our journey to find the best of Merida and Yucatan in general. This week we have visited some fabulous galleries that we believe are worth checking out. Merida is an up and coming city with a booming art scene. Artists and art enthusiasts from Mexico and abroad are coming to Merida to work, get inspiration and collect innovative and contemporary artwork. Here is a look at twelve of the private galleries that you must visit if you are coming to Merida or if you are already here. Check below for the description, photographs and videos.