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Art in Merida

Art in Merida

Walk around Merida's museums and galleries... here is your guide.Once a sleepy small-town art world dominated by Fernando Castro Pacheco, whose murals grace the walls of the Palacio del Gobierno (Governor ’s Palace), Merida now has an emerging art scene, funded by government interest and fueled by an increasingly international population. The government of the past administration brought many artists from around Mexico and the world to exhibit here, opening additional gallery and museum spaces. The museums also expanded beyond their four walls and took art into the streets. And artists began congregating here for the same reason the rest of the world is coming to Merida … for its beauty, its peace and its way of life.

The new government seems to be making a concerted effort to recognize local artists, and some of them are incredibly accomplished. The international influence isn’t going away either … through the museums and the private galleries, artists from Cuba to New York (and beyond) are being seen and appreciated by the local aficionados. And through the influence of the many artists who have come to live here from around the world, we expect that new artists, events and venues will continue to be added to this list, which includes museums and galleries. Art in Merida map

We have grouped the listing by district, to make it easy to use for a walk around Merida’s art world. And we’ve created a map that you can print out to take on your travels, and help you plan your day. Click to see the map here. You can also pick up a printed version of this map at many of the hotels, restaurants and galleries in downtown Merida, as well as at the City Information booths located in the Governor’s Palace and at the Jose Peon Contreras Theatre.

Colonia Mejorada

Yucatan Museum of Popular Art (Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatan)

Museum of Popular Art in Merida YucatanThe Yucatan Museum of Popular Art is located in the historic home of the Molina family that dates back to the early 20th century. You will find it on the corner of Calle 57 and Calle 59 facing the Mejorada Park. Once inside you pay a small entrance fee of MX $30.00 (admission fee for the general public). In the museum are examples of the traditional folk art of the people in various regions of Mexico, including traditional clothing, jewelry, pottery, masks, and ceramics, with featured exhibits changing every three to four months.

Once a family home, the museum maintains the structure of various small salas, or rooms, and there are two floors of them to explore. You also might want to swing by the gift shop on your way out, as the art is not for sale in the museum but at the gift shop you can purchase a artful souvenir from your visit.
Location: Calle 50 No.487 between 57 & 59
Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday Guided Tours 11:00am – 5:30pm, Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm
Admission: General Public $30 pesos, Students w/ ID $15 pesos, children under 12 years and senior citizens have free access at all times and Sundays are free for everyone!
Website: NA




Galeria Merida

Galeria Merida features contemporary and fine art by local Yucatecan artists. The new location is in a renovated colonial, so several exhibition rooms have very high-ceilings and charming traditional tile floors. Farther back are two connected enclosed patio gardens where outdoor sculptures are exhibited. The very front of the gallery has a boutique featuring smaller art pieces for sale, along with postcards, note cards, small prints, and more.

The gallery is run by partners Paula Seivert, an expat from New York who came to Merida in 2002, and Ivan R. de Leon, a professional photographer born and raised in Merida. Galeria Merida opened almost exactly four years ago in another location on Calle 53 near the Merida English Library. Things went so well that Paula and Ivan felt they needed a larger Galeria Meridaspace to showcase and accommodate all the talent they were finding. Their ever-changing exhibits include painting, sculpture, garden sculpture, multimedia and photography. You might also find local artists using the outdoor space in the back for workshops and studios.
Galeria Merida now also features a cafe to enjoy a light meal while you are nurtured by art.
Location: Calle 59 #452A between 52 & 54
Phone:
(999) 924-0117
Hours:
Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Saturday 10:00- 3:00 pm, Sunday and Monday, closed.
Admission: Free
Website: www.galeriamerida.com

La Perifería Bertha Gio at La Perifería

This new little gallery bills itself as a center for cultural documentation, investigation and production. A group of young Yucatecan artists have come together in this space to create and report on the art scene in the southeast of Mexico.
Location: Calle 54 #468 between 53 y 55
Hours: Monday- Friday from 4:00 PM to 8 PM
Admission: Free
Website: http://www.galerialaperiferia.com/

 

The Yucatan Music Museum (Museo de La Canción)

Merida's Museo de La Cancion - Music MuseumThe Music Museum is a hidden gem of a museum that is not talked about much in guide books for English-speaking tourists. It is true that none of the signage or literature in the museum is in English, but if you have a smattering of Spanish, you can walk through the museum and be in awe of the vast history and importance that Yucatecan music has had nationally and internationally in the past. The music that you hear on the streets, in the trova bars and on KYUC (92.9 FM) today was born during Merida’s bella epoca in the early 20th Century. This was music that was heard around the world and made many Yucateco musicians famous.Guty Cardenas at the Music Museum in Merida

The museum is housed in yet another beautiful old home, surrounding a large open courtyard that is the site of outdoor concerts on occasion. (check our Calendar page where concerts will be added as we find out about them).

Location: Calle 57 # 466 x 48 y 50
Hours: Tu- Fri 9:00  am to 5:00  pm,  Sat-Sun 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closed on Mondays
Admission: $20 pesos
Website: http://www.yucatan.com.mx/especiales/museos/

Plaza Grande

Olimpo

The Centro Cultural de Merida Olimpo, most commonly referred to as just the Olimpo, is a cultural institute in Merida, and is located in the center of downtown just across from the Plaza Grande. The Olimpo not only houses the city’s very important and well-known Arcadio Poveda Ricalde Planetarium on the lower level of the building, but also contains a bookstore , a café restaurant with outdoor tables and a multi-roomed art exhibition space. The Olimpo was once an historic building, similar to the Ayuntamiento (Municipal Building) next door, but was torn down and rebuilt in the mid-20th century. The large space is quite modern and is an ongoing setting for art exhibits, films, talks and small conferences.
Location: Corner of Calle 62 & 61 Centro Historico
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00am – 8:00 pm
Admission:
Free
Website:
http://www.merida.gob.mx/turismo/

 

Governor’s Palace (Palacio del Gobierno)

Governor's Palace in MeridaStriking murals line the walls of this turn-of-the-century government building. The murals tell the quite dramatic history of the Yucatan and were painted by the aforementioned famous Yucateco painter, Fernando Castro Pacheco. The artists still lives in Merida and continues to paint in his distinctive style, which many have copied but none have equaled. The murals which are on display here were completed between 1971 and 1979 and are probably the most outstanding examples of the artist’s work. In addition, the dramatic visions of the Yucatan that the murals depict are the manner in which many visitors and residents are introduced to the unique history of this area.
Location: Corner of Calle 61 and Calle 60
Hours: Almost all the time, every day. Government building.
Admission: Free
Website: Read about the murals and Fernando Castro Pacheco on Wikipedia.

Galería del Pasaje Picheta

Tucked inside an indoor shopping mall next to the Governor’s Palace is a small gallery. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by!

Location: Inside the Pasaje Picheta, next to the Governor’s Palace on Calle 61
Hours: 11 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Sunday
Admission: Free

MACAY

The MACAY is the central repository of modern (post-colonial) art in Merida. MACAY stands for Museo de Contemporaneo Ateneo de Yucatan (Yucatan Museum of Contemporary Art), and it is located within a government-owned building in the center of downtown, on Pasaje de la Revolucion. The large historical Alberto Bañuelos sculpturesbuilding was once the city’s armory and its construction dates back to the mid 1500s. It was officially born as the MACAY after the local community petitioned for a place to host a city art museum, a charter which it takes very seriously.

The museum displays permanent exhibitions of three well-known local artists, an educational exhibit that walks the viewer through the world history of art, and several spacious (and air-conditioned) salas with temporary art exhibitions that change every 3 or 4 months.

The entrance to the museum is reached through a pedestrian walkway (the aforementioned Pasaje) that is ornamented with an ever-changing outdoor sculpture exhibit, a part of the city’s outdoor sculpture efforts. The most beautiful place to enjoy outdoor sculpture in Merida is along Paseo de Montejo, where sculptures line the city’s main avenue, Paseo de Montejo.

Once inside the museum, turn left to go to one of the temporary exhibit spaces, or go into the garden and up the stairs to see the majority of the exhibition rooms. Exhibits feature local, national and international artists, with a preference for artists from within Mexico. There is a library and coffee shop downstairs inside the museum. Before you move on, take a moment to enjoy the lovely garden with flora of the region located in the center of the building. On your way out, stop by the gift shop and pick up a memento from your visit.
Location: Entrance now on Calle 60 between Calle 61 and 63. Sculpture exhibit in the Pasaje de la Revolucion between the Cathedral San Idelfonso and the MACAY Museum.
Hours:
Wednesday – Monday 10:00am – 6:00pm,
Friday & Saturday open until 8:00pm. Closed on Tuesday
Admission: Free
Website: www.macay.org

Amaro Restaurant Gallery

This lovely restaurant with a peaceful courtyard just off busy Calle 59 has turned it’s walls into gallery space, making a great place to get a cool drink and enjoy some local art. While you sit there, you can also enjoy the historic fact that the restaurant was originally the house where Sr. Quintana Roo was born, after whom Yucatan’s neighboring state was named. You can also often enjoy live music.
Location: Calle 59 #507 x 60 y 62
Hours: 11:00 am to 2:00 am
Website: www.restauranteamaro.com
Admission: Free

 

Merida City Museum (Museo de La Ciudad)

The Merida City Museum is in its new location in the former post office building of Merida, and if you are visiting the city’s central mercado, you can’t miss it! The building is not only large and beautifully designed, but with its crystal chandeliers, its paint of coral pink and its distinctive checkerboard mansard roof, it is probably one of the prettiest buildings in Merida , and one of the most perfectly restored.

City Museum of Merida Yucatan - Upstairs Gallery

The three-story museum has free admission and is air-conditioned as well (major plus on a hot day!). The ground floor is divided into two halves by a central staircase and houses the permanent exhibition of artifacts from the history of Merida. On one side of the staircase are artifacts from the Mayan city of T’ho, including a recreated ancient burial site that was found inside the city , and from the colonial period when Spanish conquistadors took over. The other section features artifacts from the various centuries in Merida after the Spanish conquest, including religious statues, fine China, decorations, clothing and other examples of life from Merida’s past. A walk up the stairs or an elevator ride will take you up to the 2nd floor, which sometimes features temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art from local artists. Admire the art in these lovely renovated rooms, and then walk out onto the balcony of the building and enjoy the view to the city’s downtown.
Location: Old Post Office Building At Calle 65 by 56
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9:00am – 8:00pm,
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm
Admission: Free
Website: www.merida.gob.mx/capitalcultural/galeria_arte/ and you can also read about it in this Yucatan Living article.

 

Galería at the University Cultural Center (UADY)

Another small art space downtown is run by the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan (UADY), the very respectable university that has locations and schools scattered all over the Merida area. Here in downtown, they have a beautiful building across from the Jose Peon Contreras Theatre where many cultural events take place. Just off the central courtyard on the ground floor is a three-room gallery with changing exhibits.
Location: Calle 60 at Calle 57 inside the UADY building
Hours: Monday through Friday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Admission: Free
Website: http://www.uady.mx/universidad/edificio.html

 

Yucatan Painting Gallery (Pinocateca del Estado de Yucatan)

This tiny museum is located inside the Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, the Church of the Third Order, which faces Calle 60 at Calle 59. The entrance to the museum is on the Calle 59 side of the church. In its cavernous exhibit rooms, you can view paintings, books and various artifacts from the colonial era in Yucatan that are owned by the Catholic Church.
Location: Calle 59 x 58 and 60. Next to the Church
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm , Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Admission: $31 pesos
Website: http://dti.inah.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=413&Itemid=50

 

Jose Peon Contreras Gallery

Downstairs at the theatre, to the left of the main staircase, is the entrance to one half of this beautiful art space. The site of many modern and avant-garde art exhibits, the main exhibit area of the Jose Peon Contreras Gallery is as modern an exhibit space as you will find in Merida. The second exhibit area has its entrance on the callejon, the walk-street next to the Theatre. It is smaller but often has very interesting exhibits.

Location: Calle 60 at the corner of Calle 57, downstairs inside the Jose Peon Contreras Theater .
Hours
: Tu- Sun: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Admission
: Free

 

Art on the Street

On Saturdays and Sundays, it is traditional for artists to show and sell their work in the Parque de la Maternidad. Artists set up their offerings and spend the day and evenings, talking to the passers by. Not all the art here is great, but occasionally, something wonderful will strike your fancy and you’ll be glad you walked by.

Location: Calle 60 in the park between the Jose Peon Contreras Theater and the Iglesia de la Tercera Orden.
Hours: dusk til about midnite
Admission: Free

 

Galería Manolo Rivero

The late Manolo Rivero was a native Yucatecan who traveled the world and collected modern art. He created one of the city’s most fascinating hotels (Hotel Trinidad Galería) and the gallery is located within the hotel. Enter from the corner of Calles 60 and 51 and step into another world. Now the group that is running the gallery is called Frontground and they are calling it an "artistic research center". The gallery promotes emerging artists from around the world and has a residence program. Even if the formal gallery space itself is not open, the lobby and hallways of the hotel are as good as the gallery (maybe better!) and unlike anything you’ve ever seen….we promise!
Location: Calle 60 at the corner of Calle 51
Hours: Check the website
Admission: Free
Website: http://frontground.blogspot.com/

 

Galería Merida 904

This gallery is part of a gallery community with locations in Tijuana, Mexico City and Praga, Galeria Merida 904 has workshops related to contemporary and local art, they offer concert by local and international musicians as well as art exhibits from both new and established artists. On the first floor of the gallery, there is a restaurant and coffee shop where one can enjoy reading about local and international culture and art. The gallery is on the second floor.
Location:Calle 57 at the corner of Calle 62
Hours: Open most afternoons and evenings
Admission: Free

 

Casa Pompidou

An art gallery in downtown Merida where you can have dinner, dance, drink and of course look at the alternative art on the walls. On weekends they also have live music.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/150888088966/
Location: Calle 58 x 53 y 55 Centro
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM

 

Korean Immigration Museum

The old location of the Korean Association has been adapted for visitors to take a tour. The exhibits cover everything from the Korean immigration that was a result of the Henequen boom to the formation of associations, the Koreans’ naturalization as Mexican citizens, the fusion of cultures and cultural exchange with Mexican society to the current activities of the Association and the celebration of the centennial of Korean immigration to Mexico. You can also see samples of historical promotion of immigration to the Yucatan in Korea and many other interesting artifacts.
Location: 65 No. 397 A between 44 and 46, Centro
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Weekends 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Closed on Monday.
Admission: Free




Colonia Santa Ana

Cafe Chocolate

In the shadow of the Hotel Aluxes, Café Chocolate is a place to eat and look at art, a cafe-gallery-antique store. Everything in the cafe is for sale, including the art on the walls, the chairs you sit in, the chandeliers, the other furniture… everything! The menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and features homemade fresh pasta. Parking available across Tiendas ISSTEY. You can learn more about Cafe Chocolate at their website here.
Location: Calle 60 at Calle 49, Centro
Hours: from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday to Saturday, closed on Sundays
Admission: Free

ExplorArte

A new place to buy and sell art by Yucatecan artists Concepcion Sanchez and Don Jose Gongora. They create art made of natural objects like trees, stones and other found objects.
Location: on the corner of Calle 64 and 47A.
Hours: Variable. They are open usually from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM during the week.
Admission: Free

 

Centro de Artes Visuales

This spacious one-story museum was a secondary school in its first life. Now it has been repurposed as a showplace for changing exhibits of contemporary art and serves as the anchor for the burgeoning Santa Ana Art District.
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales del ICY (Center for Visual Arts) Calle 60 x 47 y 45
Admission: Free
Hours:Tu- Sun: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

La Casa de los Artistas

Just a block north of Centro de Artes Visuales, you will find the beautiful colonial that serves as both home and gallery space for the artists Melva Medina and Abel Vasquez. (Read the Yucatan Living review of these artists and their work) Walking inside their gallery, you will feel right at home in the presence of these truly gifted artists and their extraordinary creations. The space features mostly their paintings , drawings and sculptures (they are incredibly prolific) but they also showcase a few other guest artists as well (mostly from elsewhere in Mexico ). As a client and visitor, you are encouraged and welcome to take your time to take in the art that surrounds you.

Although they agree that their art is contemporary, Melva describes their art as “figurative ”. Both artists take their cues from the natural world, abstracting and simplifying in some cases, elaborating and intensifying in others. Abel ’s acrylic and watercolor paintings are colorful and somewhat primitive as befits his origins in Oaxaca. His sculptures are sensual, organic and quite stunning. Melva ’s drawings and paintings also draw from nature, but express mystery in a completely different way. Her sculptures are often spatial puzzles that make clever use of negative space. Both artists are collected internationally.

Melva and Abel also conduct art classes in their studio. The classes are conducted in Spanish, though Melva speaks enough English to assist her English-speaking clientele. If you are interested in getting on their mailing list or hearing about upcoming classes, register on their website.

Location: Calle 60 #405 between 43 & 45
Hours
: Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm; 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Admission: Free
Website: www.artistsinmexico.com

SoHo GallerySamuel Barrera in the Art of Change

Soho Galleries is open on Calle 60 between Calles 43 and 41, adding heft to the Santa Ana Art District of Merida Centro. Soho Galleries feature three distinct galleries under one roof, and is named after the famous art district of New York City, the home of one of the owners, Adele Aguirre. The other owner, Nicholas Lavroff, is a photographer who lives here but hails from Australia. His digital images from Australia, the USA and Mexico will be a permanent changing installation in one of the three galleries. The second gallery will feature an ever-changing assortment of local artists. And the third gallery will contain a rotating exhibit of the owners’ large collection of authenticated prints from the Renaissance time period to the present day.

The owners will also be offering gicleé prints of the works in the first two galleries, so that collectors can enjoy the artwork at a lower price without having to buy the original. The Soho Galleries will be the only place in town where you can view art from such a vast range of global talent. And everything in the gallery, from old to new, is for sale!
Location: Calle 60 #400A x 43 y 41
Hours
: TDB
Admission: Free
Website: www.sohogalleriesmx.com

 

Anthropology Museum

Merida’s Anthropological Museum is located on the beautiful Paseo Montejo just two blocks from Santa Ana Park. The building is called the Palacio Cantón, named after the wealthy Cantón family that built it at the turn of the 20th Century. It is Merida’s most stunning example (that is open to the public) of Baroque-Mannerist architecture from that period and is exquisitely restored and maintained. Inside Merida's Museo de Antropolgia

If you can tear your gaze away from the architecture, you’ll be treated to a well-designed museum about the history of mankind on the Yucatan Peninsula, with exhibits ranging from bones and skulls to pottery, jewelry, stone carvings and much more. Upstairs is the temporary exhibit space. Past exhibits have included Edward Curtis photography of North American indigenous Indians and a very interesting exhibit about tattoos and body art. Downstairs is a book and gift shop.
Location: Paseo Montejo at Calle 45
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 am-8:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Admission: $37 pesos (Free on Sundays)
Website: http://www.yucatan.com.mx/especiales/montejo/

 

Casa Museo Montes Molina

One of Paseo Montejo’s most beautiful mansions was renovated and opened originally for rentals by private parties. Now that same building has been repurposed as a museum… an entire Beaux Artes mansion originally built in 1902 by one of Merida’s wealthiest and most powerful families, now renovated to perfect condition, completely furnished in period pieces and open to the public. Casa Museo Montes Molina in Merida Yucatan

For security reasons, they keep the front door closed – but they are open! Wander around toward the offices in the back, and a gardener or someone will point you in the right direction. That might seem a little strange to a visitor, but you live here… you know how things are!

Location: Paseo Montejo between 33 and 35
Hours: Museum and guided tours open Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM; Saturday, 9 AM – 1 PM. Closed Sunday.
Admission: $50 pesos, $25 Children
Website: http://www.laquintamm.com/

 

Art on SundaysArt on Sundays on Paseo de Montejo in Merida

Every Sunday in front of the VIPS on Paseo de Montejo, 20-30 local Merida artists set up their easels and make their works available for sale directly to the public. The art includes paintings, photography, sculptures and multimedia… there is some wonderful work there! Treat yourself to a lovely stroll under the trees, and get to know the artists behind some of the best work being made in Merida today. Some artists, like the painter Lobo, ONLY show their art here. If you want to discover something new and exciting, and buy it directly from the artist, this is the place to go.

Location: Paseo de Montejo south of Avenida Cupules (the corner of WalMart and the Fiesta Americana), starting in front of the VIPS.
Hours: 10 am until about 1 pm
Admission: Free

 

Santiago

galeria tataya

West of the Santa Ana district, near Santiago Park, is galeria tataya, one of Merida’s most valued galleries. The owners, Francois and Gerardo, came to Merida from Belgium and Venezuela, via London, bringing with them years of experience in antiques and art. In this two-room gallery, you can take your time to enjoy the art displayed around you.  And what’s not to enjoy? The gallery is filled with hand-selected and unique pieces, ranging from high-quality artesanias (handcrafts from Mexico), to an exquisite collection of contemporary Paintings at galeria tataya in Meridapaintings, drawings, and photography.
The owners speak English and are happy to talk to you about each special piece in the gallery. The rooms are luxuriously filled with comfortable sofas and chairs, allowing you to take all the time you need to experience their permanent exhibit of exquisite Cuban art, including many works by Wilfredo Barceló. Their collection of Cuban art is the largest in Merida, with more than 120 works, ranging from oil paintings to graphics and installations. There is also a wide variety of Mexican artists, most from D.F. (Mexico City), and always new quality Mexican handcrafts from the owners’ extensive travels around Mexico.
tataya is one gallery in Merida that is sure to delight the serious art collector and art enthusiast with a constant parade of new works by both famous and emerging artists.
Location: Calle 72 # 478 x 53 y 55, Centro
Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm, 4:00pm-8:00pm or by appointment.
Tel: (999) 9282962
Also Santa Ana location: Calle 60 # 409 x 45 and 47, right opposite Santa Ana church
Open: Monday- Friday: 10:00 am-2:00 pm, 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tel: (999) 287-0685
Admission: Free
Website: www.tataya.com.mx

 

Georgia’s House

The artist Georgia Charuhas is a prolific and gifted artist whose house is her gallery. Georgia’s paintings are uniquely soulful and her vision provides the viewer with insight and recognition of the relationship between humans, animals and the earth.

Georgia will open her house to interested collectors or fellow artists. Her classical training and years of experience in art can also be contracted for art lessons and critiques.

Open: By Appointment Only. Call 923-0495 or email artoriginals1"at"yahoo.com
Admission: Free
Website: www.georgiacharuhas.com

 

Juan Pablo Bavio GaleríaJuan Pablo Bavia Gallery

Juan Pablo Bavio, a local artist born in Argentina, has a gallery showing paintings that are mostly portraits of indigenous people. He turned his gallery into a studio and he gives classes to interested people. You can learn more about Juan Pablo and his art at his website: www.juanpablobavio.com

The paintings capture that brief moment of stillness, as we might suddenly catch our own eyes in the mirror and see ourselves as someone else. In this exhibition, the viewer moves through a series of portraits of the Yucatecan people in the act of gazing back at the viewer. The viewer is involved in that same act as they return the gaze. His theme confronts our perceptions of the Yucatan people by reflecting that act of looking back at ourselves and providing a fresh insight into how we look at art and how we see ourselves and the people around us.
Location: Calle 59, #539 x 66 y 68
Hours: M-F:11 am and 2 pm, and 4:30 pm to 9 pm. Saturday: 9 am to 2pm and 6pm to 9 pm
Telephone: 999 953 3148

 

Galeria La Eskalera

Juan Pablo Bavio, a local artist born in Argentina, and Samuel Barrera a yucatecan painter have join to open a new gallery in Santiago Area. They will be showing their works at his colonial house.
Location:LA ESKALERA, Calle 70 x 57 y 59 In the Barrio de Santiago, 3 doors from La Flor De Santiago.
Hours: 9:00 am to 1:30 PM, Monday to Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Northern MeridaHabemus Gallery in Merida

Habemus Gallery

A private gallery featuring the artwork of three local female painters: Sandra Nikolai, Ana Rosa Aguilar and Rosa Elena Palma.
Location: Calle 11 # 101E, x 20 y 22, Colonia Mexico
Open: 10 am to 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm to 8 pm Monday through Friday. Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.
Admission: Free

 

Galerias Merida

Galerias Merida is the name for the exhibit space within the new Galerias Shopping Mall behind Liverpool. Now you can go shopping, see a movie and catch an art exhibit too! To find out more about the mall, check their website.
Location: Inside the Galerias Merida Shopping Mall on the road to Progreso
Open: Daily 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Southern Merida

La Quilla

A little cafe open only at night also serves as an art gallery. La Quilla serves international food, including Italian and Thai dishes. There’s also a bar serving beer, wine and mixed drinks. On the walls, art exhibits of the more alternative kind. And all the time, la Quilla is the place in Merida to hear and see some of the most progressive music (rock, reggae, ska, electronic, etc. ) in town.
“La Quilla usually has live music on weekend nights.”
Location: Calle 50 x 59 y 61, Mejorada
Hours: 9 pm to 2 am on Weekends
Admission: Free

Website: www.laquilla.blogspot.com/

 

Zoma Contemporary Art Center Zoma Art Center

The center has run as an art school for the past three years, teaching painting, sculpture and serigraphy. Additionally, the center houses a library with approximately 1000 books about mid-20th century Mexican painters. What an excellent resource! For more information visit their website here!

This center will now have on display more than 100 works by painters such as Rufino Tamayo, Raúl Anguiano, Francisco Toledo and others, specially young Mexican artists. Also works by Ernesto Novelo about bulls.
Location: Calle 69 between Calles 34 and 32
Open:by appointment. Or just stop by anytime and someone will be there to show you the works
Admission: Free

Gallery in La’Kech Photographs by Silvana Andrade

Gallery in La’Kech is a non-profit gallery on the increasingly fashionable south side of the zocalo, started by photographer Barbara McClatchie. Her loft-like renovated space shows one or two-man exhibits of both new and established artists.
Location: Calle 60 # 595A between 73 and 75
Hours: By previous appointment only. Contact owner through website.
Admission: Free
Website: http://www.galeriainlakech.com/

 

Merida Museum of Fine Art: Joseph Kurhajec Art StudioJoseph Kurahjec Art Studio

Transplanted artist Joseph Kurhajec is opening his workshop, calling it the Merida Museum of Fine Art. Ceramics, sculpture, paintings and more by Joseph Kurhajec. Check out some of his work on this website.
Location: Calle 60 #633A between Calle 77 and Calle 79
Hours
: TBD
Admission
: Free

 

When to see art in Merida

The best days for your art tour would be Wednesday through Saturday, as some of the locations are not open on Sundays, Mondays, or Tuesdays. Museums tend to open and close earlier than galleries, so plan accordingly. If you want to see the sculptures on Paseo Montejo, we suggest early morning or evening. The sculpture walk is a perfect reason to stroll down Paseo Montejo at night (the sculptures are lit) and enjoy the ambiance as well as the art.

In Closing…

As always, we will strive to keep this listing up to date with the most recent information. If you know of other galleries or art venues that should be included here, please leave a comment below and we will add them to the list.

While it is indeed possible to amass a stunning art collection from local artists of varying styles, thankfully Merida now has a growing number of galleries also showing artists from around Mexico and the rest of the world. There is art here for every taste and every pocketbook.

But as we all know, there is never enough art, here in Merida or anywhere else in the Universe, to fill the soul.

Editors Note: A million muchissimas gracias go out to Sarah Bogdanski, without whose tireless efforts gathering and consolidating information and taking some of the photos for this article, it would never have gotten off the ground.


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61 Responses to “Art in Merida”

  1. Looks excellent! Always happy to help out :)

  2. Sarah – Excellent! Thank you! :)

  3. Sarah,
    Hijita, te estas luciendo! Muy buen trabajo..sigue asi! I’m proud that you’re giving Merida yourself through your work; after all, part of your heritage has its roots there. Please keep the information going, makes me so proud! Your mama que te quiere mucho, Maria Amparo Alvarado-Gomez

  4. Awesome article and great information! Love it!

  5. Wonderful piece and the photos are gorgeous!

  6. Hello! Congratulations for your great web page.
    My friend Sandy Sweet told me about this site, because I own, along with Sandra Nikolai and Rosa Elena Palma, an Art Gallery called HABEMUS GALERIA, in Colonia México (calle 11 x 20 y 22 # 101e) and we would love to have it in your site. That way more people would know about it. We feature mostly paints, all of them original and we have very good prices too.
    Thanks a lot and congratulations again, Ana Rosa

  7. Absolutley Great, Thanks again!

  8. A lot of great information and pics! I learned a lot!

  9. Thank you for sharing! There isn’t anyone else that I would rather have as my tour guide to the arts.

    buen trabajo mi amiga :)

  10. Here is a film clip about Edward S. Curtis’s “Indian Picture Opera” of 1911.:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKJJnBsWbNs

    It’s from a dvd on Edward S. Curtis, which bears on other Indian lands as well.

    More info:

    ES Curtis Film Clip

    The Indian Picture Opera

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  12. Do you know where I can take pottery classes here in Merida? Any info will be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks,
    Diana

  13. There is one place we know of for sure of… Gerda Gruber’s workshop in Cholul. The website is here:
    http://www.fundaciongruber.org

  14. Thanks for this article! A nice little gallery in the ChemBech area is Galeria Victoria on calle 44 between 63 and 61.

  15. Thanks for the great information on art in Merida, including the Map!

  16. Thanks for the great map!

  17. Re: Art on the Street – never discount this venue just because it isn’t in a gallery. Remember – some of the greats started out selling their art here. Great place to shop if your art budget is a little slim – and who knows? The artist who did the piece you purchase might be famous someday!

  18. hello, are there any galleries in merida that are dedicated to photographic art ?

  19. Love your page, nicely done. Almost 10 years ago I purchased a water color in the park where the artisans were showcasing their work. The painting I purchased was signed FXST, would you happen to know the name of the artist? He was an older gentleman, very lively and had interesting stories of his youth..

  20. I really loved this article. Very inspiring. We are planning to visit Merida for the first time this winter 07/08 and we are looking forward to explore the art world of Merida. What I am looking for especially and have not found yet, is a listing of varies art classes. In case any one knows of some….pls do not hesitate to send me an email. Thank you KC

  21. KC,
    When you get here, be sure to look for our Merida Art Map, which should be in local restaurants, hotels and other venues later this week.
    As for art classes, both Artists in Mexico and Georgia Charuhas (listed above) give classes in drawing and painting, at the very least. Send them an email to find out more!

  22. Also, Michael… there are no galleries devoted just to photographic art in Merida yet. However, many of the galleries and museums have photography exhibits regularly.

    Ed… we have not heard of an artist who signs his name FXST, but we’ll keep our eyes out and let you know if we find anything.

  23. I have read about the photography resource at UADY called “Fototeca Pedro Guerra” which I believe is a collection of historic photographs of Merida and Yucatan. Do you know if this collection is intended only for scholarly study or can it be viewed by the public at large? If so, what hours and what location?

  24. The Guerra photographic archives are indeed open to the public, but you don’t get to see the actual photographs. You can view the photographs on a computer screen for free. If you want a copy of a photograph, they will either print it for you or give it to you electronically for $300 pesos each. The hours are from 8 to 3 p.m and they are located at Calle 76 # 455-LL x 41 and 43 in the Centro.

  25. [...] Calle 50 No.487 between 57 & 59 Hours: The grand opening is at 8:30 PM tonite. Check our Merida Art Walk page for regular museum hours. Admission: [...]

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  27. What an amazing selection of art/culture to choose from. Thanks for keeping us aware of Merida’s thriving art scene.

  28. For sure, the map is a great thing to have, even with a few minor mistakes (in the online AND the printed version) around Parque Santiago (as, for instance, the location of the park itself, and the Casa Catherwood..).

  29. Well, thank you for pointing that out! Despite numerous checkings and recheckings, we still got something wrong. Solid proof that the Working Gringos really are human! (and a little overworked, at that!)

    We promise that the next version of the map WILL have Parque Santiago and Casa Catherwood in the right place… but probably something else will be wrong. Luckily, we live in Mexico, where perfection is not as highly prized as having a sense of humor :-)

  30. What about the “Corredor Internacional del Arte”? I couldn’t find it. The Paseo Montejo Every Sunday Event, with more than 50 artists now! Even the Juvenal Symphony has been there to support us.

  31. Oh, this is great! Thanks for listing all of these!

    I’m a jewelry artist and am moving to Merida in the summer. I’ve heard a lot about the art scene, but I haven’t seen such a complete list(with beautiful pictures even!) like this.

    I’m very interested in selling my work in outdoor markets and stuff, and I’d love to see that kind of stuff (weekly/monthly/yearly) included in this.

  32. [...] Galeria Merida. The show features five artists and will continue to March 15. More details on our Art in Merida page. Location: Calle 59 #452-A x 52 y 54, Centro Time: 9:00 PM Admission: [...]

  33. I REALY LOVE THIS WEB SITE..THANKS

  34. excellent keep up the good work, you are the most up to date ressource for culture in merida… thanks for mentionning “parti la pinata”… happy you got to break the pinata!!!
    madeleine sperlich
    love the life you live, live the life you love…. ciao merida

  35. great art.

  36. I feel like we should have met already. I have seen in Ortiz and Gonzalez some incredible work that they have told me you are the ONE tahat showed them the path to expresing theur art in another media. I’ve collected their Art for decades. This is an uplifting change and revelation!

  37. What a great website. I am defintely putting Merida on my list of places of visit. Thank you.

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  41. This is a great service to everyone! Thanks so much for this informative listing/description of art galleries new and existing. I absolutely love Merida and your informative website keeps me abreast of the current cultural expansion in your lovely city. I will be back in Merida next January 2010 with more poets!

  42. Question……years ago I received a couple Makesh Beetle live art.
    Can they still be purchased . Can they be purchased by way of mail ?
    Please advise………..I miss my Makesh beetles…………………

  43. Jeanne,
    If you mean the live beetles that are encrusted with fake jewels, then yes, those are still sold here in Merida. We would be really surprised if they could be mailed, however.

  44. [...] You can find the map when you get there, or take a look over at YucatanLiving.com [...]

  45. wow i’d loved this article. im a local artist from miami but i was acctually born in merida now me being and up coming artist here in the states i feeel like theres something missing so im plaing on moving to merida for a little bit just to study art there and really incorporate my roots and where i come from in to my art. but i need all the help i can get to find a job, a place and stuff like that. so hopefully i would hear from any one here thanks.

  46. Coming to Mexico and the Yucatan in November and would like to visit the Merida Museum of Fine Art and Jospeh Kurhajec Sculpteur. Wonderful site.

  47. This article about Merida’s galleries provided an excellent and comprehensive tour of Art in Merida. I thought I was familiar with Merida’s art scene as a frequent visitor and owner of a house in Merida. But the article allowed me to discover places I even was not aware of and planned to include in my next visit.

  48. very very informative and excellent.

  49. once again I am looking at your web site and you are are a great talent! I am sorry we have haven’t been closer but i love the two pieces you did for me and will keep them no what ever I do. I now live back in Atlanta and I am starting over again at 75! I would love to hear from you and Paul as we had so many lovely times in Merida.
    Warmly,
    Herb

  50. Hola, mi nombre es Gisela Galán. Prmiatem felicitarle por la extensa información de arte que maneja. Le escribo porque a fin de Noviembre del 2009 viste Mérida y me gustó una pintura abstracta llamada “ALMA” que formó parte de una exposición presentada en el Teatro José Peón Contreras a fin de Noviembre. Desafortunadamente no recuerdo el nombre de la artista pero ella es de de tez morena y cabello negro, largo y ondulado. Una amiga va a Mérida a fin de año y me gustaría contactarla para comprar su pintura o alguna otra que me guste. Ojala puedan ayudarme.

    El otro pintor que busco es un varón, tampoco recuerdo su nombre pero su pintura aparecia en la portada de la revista de turismo del hotel y ya lo mencionaban como un pintor emergente reconocido. Localicé sus pinturas en una galeria del centro de Merida pero tampoco recuerdo. Yo se que es muy vaga la informacion que doy pero tal vez alguien con tanto conocimiento del arte y del medio artistico de Yucatan pueda ayudarme.

    Gracias por su tiempo.

  51. I will be moving to Progreso this year. I will have a home with a/c but the home will be open to the elements 75% of the time. I have alot of oil paintings. I have read that oils will not hold up in the humidity and heat. Does anyone know if this is correct. They are expensive pieces so I do not want to chance damage.

  52. Cheryl,
    As a fellow art collector, I would advise that you NOT bring any precious art to an open-air house along the coast. The moist, salt-laden air is very harsh on many things, and I cannot imagine it would treat oil paintings well. Why not use the trip as an opportunity to buy some local art for your walls? Every Sunday on Paseo de Montejo, local artists display their work for sale starting at about 10 in the morning until about 1 pm. It’s a great way to meet some of them and pick up some art for your beach house that is more appropriate to the area.

  53. is there anywhere in Merida or Progreso where one can take art classes? i´m interested in painting water color or drawing.
    also as far as the watercolor, is there anywhere where people meet at a certain area in town & just paint or draw?
    not a actual class but just get together and paint or draw in a pretty area? they used to do that in the area I’m from.

  54. There are art classes given at Iberica, a government-run school that is open to anyone. Classes are very inexpensive and are given in Spanish. The artists at Casa de Las Artistas teach classes sometimes also. And many local artists give private lessons. We are not aware of any place where artists gather to paint or draw together.

  55. Thank you! We had thought the mass was cancelled and are glad to add it back into our events list.

  56. Hello, Can anyone advise of any international artist residencies available in Merida?
    Thank you

  57. You can try ULE in Merida (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/573646) or apply for a residency with local artist Gerda Gruber here: http://fundaciongruberjez.blogspot.com/. Ms. Gruber’s residencies are for the month of July.

  58. Is there anyone in Merida giving lessons in making silver jewelry?

  59. Does anyone know if there will be another “Noche Blanca” event this summer (2014), and, if so, what date? Have been unable to find that info on other websites. thanks.

  60. Bill, you probably can’t find anything because there is nothing yet to be found. Merida is not the best in planning ahead…. or in letting people know well ahead of time about events. That said, Noche Blanca was a success and there hasn’t been a change of government since last summer, so the chances of having it repeated are pretty high. As soon as we hear something, we’ll let you know, por supuesto!

  61. Many thanks from Seattle visitors and collectors.

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