Little Havana Art Galleries & Studios

The studio and gallery of local, Cuban-born artist Agustin Gainza.
The studio and gallery of local, Cuban-born artist Agustin Gainza.

Galleries and studios have come and gone in Little Havana, but now there are far more than ever before.

Each studio and gallery holds its own treasures. While some may not fit your taste in visual arts, others may entice you to make many return visits.

Little Havana is recognized as one of Miami’s arts districts, but in fact we have two main art districts: the Calle Ocho Arts Corridor  (between SW 13 and 17th Avenues) and the 12th & 6th Arts District (at SW 12th Avenue and SW 6th Street). The Calle Ocho Arts Corridor is also home to an arts incubator (Futurama 1637).

Other galleries and studios are scattered throughout the neighborhood; many are part of peoples’ homes.

I suggest popping into local art galleries and studios and chatting with the artists or curators. You can also explore galleries and studios in both areas during the Little Havana Art Walk, on the second Friday evening of every month (7 to 10 pm), or during Viernes Culturales, our arts and culture festival on the last Friday of every month (from 7 to 11 pm). If you want personal introductions to artists and the opportunity to visit artists in their homes, take one of my walking tours of Little Havana.

During Viernes Culturales, you can also browse the tables and booths of local arts and crafts vendors in Domino Plaza (on the north side of 15th Avenue and SW 8th Street).

Murals and other public artworks grace the outdoor walls and spaces of Little Havana, including three-dimensional plaster and painted homages to great musicians, mosaic murals, and color-splashed graffiti art. Our beloved and slightly corny super-sized rooster sculptures also dot the local landscape, guarding certain street corners and sidewalk locations.

We’re home to the first sculpture marking the Route to Human Rights, a multimedia project that places large format works of art created by local and international artists at 30 locations throughout Florida.

Our architecture is also worth looking at, as we have fine examples of early Florida frame vernacular architecture as well as bungalows. Local architectural styles range from Mission to Mediterranean, with many homes incorporating the oolite stone that forms Miami’s bedrock. Read more about our architecture.

 

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