San Jose Costa Rica is home to a wide range of art galleries that feature everything from brightly decorative primitive paintings to high end works by world famous painters and sculptors. Many San Jose art galleries feature artworks native to Central America and Costa Rica, but global art lovers and shoppers can find a little bit of everything here if they look.
The following San Jose Costa Rica art galleries are well worth shopping, even if you are just browsing or enjoying the scene. Serious art lovers will want to reserve an entire day, stopping for a leisurely lunch between finds:
Galleria Andromeda: This San Jose Costa Rica art gallery focuses almost exclusively on contemporary art by Costa Rican artists. The work is of excellent quality and the ambiance is warm and personal.
Art Latino: With multiple locations, including a storefront in the Multiplaza Mall in Escazu and the Mall Cariari, Art Latino has a more commercial, more discount vibe than some of the other galleries. Some of the pieces here are loud and more suitable as souvenirs than as art, but mixed among the knock offs are read finds. Art Latino is a great place to find Nicaraguan and Costa Rican primitive paintings.
Galleria 11-12: This impeccable, high-end San Jose Costa Rica art gallery features original works by some of the most famous Central American artists ever, from neoclassical painters like Teodorico Quiros to modern masters like Francisco Amighetti and Paco Zuniga. Fast-rising current stars like Rafa Fernandez, Fernando Carballo, and Fabio Herrera also exhibit here. A second Galleria 11-12 also recently opened in Escazu, just off the main highway next to the Courtyard San Jose hotel.
Galleria Jacobo Karpio: Known for its stable of adventurous modern Costa Rican, Mexican, Cuban, and Argentine artists, Galleria Jacobo Karpio is the best place for cutting edge Central and South American modern art.
Galleria Kandinsky: The daughter of Rafa Fernandez, one of Costa Rica’s most famous painters, owns this small eclectic San Jose Costa Rica art gallery. The small but excellent collection rotates constantly and is always of high quality.
TEOretica: Virginia-Perez-Ratton, one of Costa Rica’s most respected art collectors and curators, owns this small, insider gallery. TEOretica is known for its adventurous and always edgy collections, and represents the very best art the Central American continent has to offer.
Whether you are looking for an affordable Costa Rican primitive work to take home and hang in the foyer, or just want to immerse yourself in the San Jose Costa Rica imagination and aesthetic, a day shopping San Jose Costa Rica’s art galleries is worth every minute of your time.
Experienced art collectors will already be there, and who knows?
After experiencing what the San Jose Costa Rica art world has to offer, you just might become one of them!