If you’re looking for a genuine way to connect with the inner circle of artists in town, why not start by experiencing the Center of Visual Arts (CAV)? Inside, you’ll find an interdisciplinary collective exhibition that varies periodically, and uses different inspiring perspectives to connect you to the Yucatán Península and its people.


Under the coordination of Rosa Arteaga, CAV’s exhibit includes performance art, dance, music, paint, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, and video. You’ll also find a library, a garden, and even a beach installation. The center’s intention is to promote the region’s artists and use public spaces to dynamically connect the public with the contemporary arts. 


For example, CAV’s outdoor garden theater is a space that invites both children and grownups to move. Here, our homeschool family was indulged in Debra Stolberg and her husband Kip’s “Transient Comedy Improv.” We also experienced Tania Solonomoff’s contemporary dance performance “Moverse al Sol,” presented by Traspatio curator Regina Tattersfield.


CAV’s winter exhibit also includes the free library “Traspatio: Art, Cosmos, Nature.” The inspiring museology of José Hadad includes collective, desktop, and independent editions in his curated bio art and international literary collection. Here you can find children’s books, works on art theory, exhibit catalogs, artist’s books, coffee table books, games, as well as titles on plants, magic, ecology, cinema, traditional knowledge, botanical photography, geographic cosmology, music, scientific theory, health, and education. There are a wealth of topics that awaken the heart’s intelligence, something that is so necessary in these technological times.


The name of the library, Traspatio, is a poetic reference to the allotments of the Yucatán Peninsula. For over 1,000 years, Traspatios have been not only the family garden inside the residence, but a contribution to a biological-productive system and a socio-affective space. They are a living example of ancestral adaptation, self-consumption, self-management, and self-sufficiency.


This spring, enjoy the exhibition “The Fifth Element,” available from May 6 to June 27. This exhibit will feature the works of renown plastic artists Gabriel Ramirez, Juan Pablo Mier y Teran, Rolando Vazquez, Francisco Pechan, and Tania Cámara.



“The Fifth Element” is an exhibition featuring 34 pieces of art, including painting, sculpture, and installations that display creative diversity (the fifth element). Although artists of the same discipline are featured, they represent very different works. Such diversity is palpable from the style to the generational approach.


CAV is located in front of the Plaza de Santa Ana. The entrance is free, courtesy of the Mexican Ministry of Culture and Education, supported by the public budget. Nonetheless, Traspatio is an independent exhibit, and books are donated by an international community who hope to inspire you. If you wish to become a patron of the arts to Traspatio or any other exhibit, you are welcome to reach out. This way, you can be an active member in the conservation and evolution of culture through the stories we tell. In CAV’s case, the stories we envision.


To find out more about spring exhibits, please contact:

Center of Visual Arts
Calle 60 x 45 y 47, Centro Mérida
Tel. (999) 928 3952
FB: Centro de Artes Visuales
Hours of operation: 11am – 2pm  4pm – 8pm
Free admittance.


By Yeyé Pineda.

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