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:
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.
100 mts. south of the Aduana Theater
Featuring renowned, mostly Tico artists.
100 mts. south of the National Insurance Institute
Featuring temporary exhibits, mostly by national artists.
In the Coconut Shopping Center, behind Paseo Colon
Exhibits by local artists.
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.
Centro Comercial de la Calle Real, San Pedro
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.
Fine artwork by international and renowned national artists.
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
In the National Library building
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.|