With the growth in numbers of both private and public art galleries, Mérida is definitely on the map art-wise. Two major factors have caused this happening: Mérida was named Cultural Capital of the Americas in the year 2000 and around that same time, Mérida suddenly became an ex-pat haven drawing many American, Canadian and European people to live here. Many of these people wanted to or needed to work. Some of them brought their love of art and business sense to Mérida and opened art galleries.

This was the beginning of a dramatic change in the art offerings in the White City. When gallery hopping, take note that some have Mexican-style split working hours where they close for siesta. Others work straight though the day. Also, check their closing days, as some close on Sunday, others on Monday and some on Tuesday.
 A sincere thanks to Paula Sievert of Galeria Mérida who helped us with the information here. 
The private galleries in town are:

Galería Mérida
Owned by New Yorker Paula Sievert, it is the largest private gallery in Mérida. Specializing in art by local Yucatecans, she changes the shows every 4 – 6 weeks and does four major shows a year around the equinoxes and solstices. She also has a space for artists in residence. Calle 59 #452-A between 52 and 54. Tel. (999) 924 0117. Open Tue.-Fri. 10 am – 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm. Closed Sat. – Mon. Or by appointment.

Nahualli Casa de los Artistas
Nahualli Casa de los Artistas, also located in Gallery Row on Calle 60 #405 between 43 and 45 is owned and operated by Mexican artists Abel Vazquez and Melva Medina. Both internationally known artists, they promote and sell their works which include sculpture, painting and drawings. Open 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday. Melva and Abel are continually offering workshops and classes in painting, sculpture, etc. so they are the people to contact if you want to take classes. 

SoHo Galleries
Three different spaces featuring changing artists. Calle 60 #400-A x 41 y 43. Calle 60 #400-A x 43 y 41, Centro. Tel. (999) 928 5710. Hours are Monday – Friday 10 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm. Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Closed on Sunday
FB: Soho Galleries

Galería Tataya
Contemporary Mexican and Cuban artists: paintings, drawings and prints. Also the best handcraft produced in Mexico, all pieces ¨one-off¨ from renowned artists (with full CVs). Calle 60 #409 x 45 y 47. Open Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm; 4 pm – 8 pm. Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Closed Sundays. Also at Hotel Rosas & Xocolate: Paseo Montejo, corner of Calle 41. Tel. (999) 287 06 85 and (999) 928 29 62. English spoken.

Gandi Photographic Art
Gandi has framed ‘limited edition’ photographic prints in stock at his gallery. All prints & canvases can be framed to customer choice. Over 150 images in stock to suit any location, along with funky home décor pieces. Relaxing atmosphere, all day coffee. Calle 13-A, #465 x 40 y 60, Fracc. Del Norte, Merida. Hours:- TuesdayFriday 10 – 2 and 4 – 6, and Saturday 10 – 2. Tel. (999) 279 3982. Email  [email protected] FB:  Gandi Photographic Art +. Website:  www.artgandi.com

La Eskalera
Calle 70 #474-B x 57 y 59, Santiago. Our hours are 9:00 am -1:30 pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 10 am to 1 pm. Phone: 9999 47 1218 (Spanish) and 9999 47 9638 (English) FB: Galería La Eskalera

Galeria Casa Quintero
Galeria de Autor Enrique Trava C. 60 x C. 53 Centro, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico Tel. (999) 923 0793 Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Visual Arts Center at the ICY
Calle 60 #411 between 45 & 47. 
This gallery is always presenting collective shows in various mediums.

Georgia Charuhas
Is a renowned, respected and much loved artist, and has been living in Mérida for 35 years. Her colonial home in the Santiago neighborhood is her workshop and gallery. Georgia’s paintings are whimsical and soulful at the same time. Georgia invites interested collectors and fellow artists to visit her studio. By appointment. Call (999) 923 0495

TAKTO • art and design studios | gallery
Apart from our extensive range of ceramic lighting, we sell ceramic, metal and wood sculpture for interiors and exteriors, and designer furniture, including tables. There are TAKTO signs up from the main plaza of Cholul that lead you straight to our studio. Tel. (999) 921 5127 or cel 9999 95 37 69. 

Juan Manuel Mier y Terán
Paints colorful and evocative watercolors of everyday life in Yucatán. Originals and prints are on display and available for purchase at Yucatan Today’s office, calle 39 #483 x 54 y 56, Centro.

Juan Pablo Mier y Terán
Sculpture and painting studio, Calle 29 #305 x 26 y 28, Col. Benito Juarez, Progreso

Recommended reading:
Museums in Merida
City of Merida Museum

Mérida City Map
Mérida Downtown Map
Mérida Attractions Map

With the growth in numbers of both private and public art galleries, Mérida is definitely on the map art-wise.

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