Costa Rica Art

With exception to a few native crafts, the Costa Rican art scene is largely underdeveloped. Without the social unrest and suffering that defined the truly great art movements of the Latin America, Costa Rica's visual arts have remained stagnant, reflecting the country's relatively benign colonial history and its affinity to epitomize the poor and humble rural tico.

The new generation of local artists have brought a refreshing and mature style to the contemporary art scene of Costa Rica. Their art is usually on display at various galleries around the Central Valley.

Where you can see and buy art:


Alliance Francaise  

Ave. 7, Calle 5

Featuring about two exhibits each month by local and foreign artists.

Amir Art Gallery  

Ave. Central, Calles 1 & 3

Works by local and foreign artists.

Casa de la Cultura  

In Heredia, north side of the park

Temporary displays by the province's artists.

Central Bank Galleries   Below the Plaza del Cultura
Tues - Sun: 10:am - 5:pm
Temporary exhibitions and occasionally paintings for sale.
Enrique Echandi Gallery  

Behind the National Theater

Temporary exhibits by national and international artists year-round.

Galeria 825  

100 mts. south of the Aduana Theater

Featuring renowned, mostly Tico artists.

Galeria Andromeda  

100 mts. south of the National Insurance Institute

Featuring temporary exhibits, mostly by national artists.

Galeria Contemporanea  

In the Coconut Shopping Center, behind Paseo Colon

Exhibits by local artists.

Galeria Expresiva  

75 mts. west of Sala Garbo

Modern and traditional Latin American art.

Galeria FCB Siboney  

300 mts. south of Pops on La Sabana

Occasionally features works by national and foreign artists.

Galeria Kandinsky  

Centro Comercial de la Calle Real, San Pedro
Mon - Sat: 10:am to 12:pm, 2:pm to 7:pm

Specializes in contemporary Hispanic art.

Garcia Monge Gallery  

Behind the National Theater

Temporary exhibits by foreign and local artists year-round.

Galeria Octubre 8  

75 mts. west of Paseo Colon's Pizza Hut

Featuring primitive Costa Rican art.

Galeria Valanti  

8° Escalante

Fine artwork by international and renowned national artists.

Goethe Institute  

On the road to San Pedro

Featuring German art year-round.

Hispanic Culture Institute  

100 mts. west of National Insurance Institute

Changing exhibits of works by national and international artists.

Instituto Anglo-Costaricense de Cultura  

50 mts. south of the Subaru Angency in Los Yoses

Exhibits of contemporary art.

Jacobo Karpio Gallery  

Ave. 1, Calle 15-13

High-quality exhibits by foreign and local artists year-round.

Jose Figueres Gallery  

In the Metropolitan building

Features works by one local artist per month.

Juan Santamaria Museum  

200 mts. north of the Alajuela Park.

Displays by international and renowned national artists year-round.

La Mascara Theater Café  

50 mts. north of Dr. Echandi's vet clinic

Exhibits by new Costa Rican artists year-round.

Legislative Assembly   Some rooms devoted to displays by national and international artists.
Melico Salazar Theater  

Vestibule, Cental Park

Local folkloric and modern art.

Mexican Culture Center  

Calle 19, N° 14

Featuring Mexican works.

Museum of Costa Rican Art   East side of La Sabana
Tues - Sat: 8:30 to 5:pm
Sunday: 9:am - 5:pm
Permanent collection of works by local artists, as well as temporary collections.
Museum of Religious Art   In the church and convent of Orosi, Paraiso de Cartago
Museum of Religious Art - Our Lady of Pilar   South side of the Tres Rios Church, Cartago
National Gallery of Contemporary Art
(GANAC)
 

In the National Library building
Mon - Sat: 10:am - 5:pm
Temporary exhibits

National Museum  

Downtown San José

Occasionally offers exhibits by renowned foreign and local artists.

National Theater Café   Changing exhibits of works by national and foreign artists.
Shakespeare Gallery   In Sala Garbo, attached to theater café.
4:pm to 11:pm
Sophia Wanamaker Gallery  

In Centro de Cultural Costarricense - Norteamericano, Barrio Dent

Local and international arts and crafts exhibits year-round.

Union Club   Occasionally features fine art exhibits by local and international artists.

 

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With exception to a few native crafts, the Costa Rican art scene is largely underdeveloped. Without the social unrest and suffering that defined the truly great art movements of the Latin America, Costa Rica's visual arts have remained stagnant, reflecting the country's relatively benign colonial history and its affinity to epitomize the poor and humble rural tico.

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