Artists and Art Galleries in San Miguel de Allende, MX

 

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The Arts

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San Miguel de Allende

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San Miguel de Allende has been a destination for artists since the 1940’s. Check out some of my favorite artists and galleries. There are often gallery openings and art walks where you can see current exhibitions and meet some of the locals.

Fábrica La Aurora

Fabrica La Aurora

Fábrica La Aurora has a number of galleries and artist’s studios, located on the site of an historic textile factory. You can still see a number of the machines from the factory as you explore.  There is usually an art walk on the first Saturday of every month usually form 5pm to 8pm. Many of the studios are open on Thursdays as well and now many are offering art classes. There are a number of cafes and restaurants as well that you can enjoy during your visit.

Some of my favorites include:

M. Calederoni Studio Gallery, La Aurora 10A: Mary is one of my favorite local artists. She often puts bullfight posters or wall fragments into her work. I was excited to see her featured recently in the finale of Top Chef Boston when they moved to San Miguel to end the season.

Merry Calderoni

Don’t miss Victoria Pierce’s gallery CSEIS (C6) which features her mixed media work. I love her work and just bought my first piece.

Victoria Pierce CSEIS Gallery

 

Fabrica La Aurora

Skot Foreman Gallery is one of the best galleries at Fabrica la Aurora and features contemporary art from the 2oth and 21st centuries.

In my opinion the best folk art gallery in town is Galeria Atotonilco which is located must outside of town. As of December, 2019 they are opening a new showroom here in space A-5. I am excited to see it on my next trip down. Where you had to make an appointment to visit in Atotonilco, here you can visit daily except Tuesday from from 11am to 5pm!

The Belgian interior designer Dirk Jan Kinet has a really beautiful showroom in #8D.

Dirk Jan Kinet

Other galleries to check out at the Fabrica La Aurora that we like include Galeria Zoho, Nelly Lorenzo Arte Textil, Rita Torlen Gallery, Ingrid Cieslik de Zinser Galeria, Le Spezie for lighting, textiles and home accessories, James Harvey Artist with wonderful paintings and Guiness Fine Arts Gallery/Moyshen Gallery. I just met Keith Vandiver and enjoyed seeing his watercolors and other pieces at his new location in the complex.

Fabrica La Aurora

 

Moyshen Gallery Fabrica La Aurora

 

Fabrica La Aurora

I also like Galeria MANUK at Fabrica la Aurora 18C. They feature some great art as well as teach classes and workshops. Check out their website for the schedule. I  just took my first wine and painting class a few years ago with four friends and had a wonderful experience!

Galeria MANUK

 

Galeria MANUK

 

Galeria MANUK

Galeria San Francisco, #3E, is a local gallery that committed to promoting the artists who live in San Miguel. In addition to the gallery they have a space where you can take art classes in different mediums.

Other Galleries

Dawn Designs: I really love the encaustic work of Dawn Gaskill. Call her at 154-4813 to visit her home gallery. You can find original pieces, journals and even pieces printed on metal that can be hung outdoors.

Made by Anado/Casa las Ranas: This is one of my favorite places just outside of town. Anado McLauchlin and Richard Shultz created an amazing art space which is so fun to see and explore. Check out the studio, the house and their collections or visit the Chapel of Jimmy Ray. You will be amazed! It will remind you of  Antoni Gaudí. Unfortunately Anado died in mid-2021, but Richard has reopened the gallery and property for tours. 

Made by Anado/Casa las Ranas

 

Made by Anado/Casa las Ranas

Galleria Izamal: This is an artist’s cooperative featuring great local artists. It has moved from Mesones #80 to a new location at Jesus #25 with double the gallery space!  Check out their website for a schedule fo classes and workshops in additon to the featured artists and exhibtion schedule. The quality of the art is excellent.

Galleria Izamal

Photography lovers will really enjoy Jo Brenzo’s SMA Photographic Gallery at Mesones #57. Here you can see the work and photography books by her and other artists. She holds photographer’s meetups for locals, classes and workshops along with photography tours in locations such as Oaxaca and Cuba. Check her website for the details. I really enjoyed seeing her work. She has lived and taught in San Miguel for many years.

I have always liked, and bought one of my favorite paintings from, Galeria Pergola. Featuring contemporary art, it is located in the back left courtyard of the Instituto de Allende at Ancha de San Antonio 20, Local 16.

Galeria Pergola

Arte Contemporaneo Gallery: Quality gallery and sculpture garden at Sollano #13.

Arte Contemporaneo Gallery

Galleria Nudo: A contemporary art gallery featuring paintings, sculpture, encaustics, prints and lithographs. It is at Recreo #10-B.

Also on Recreo at #48 is Casa Diana Galeria de Arte. They are a quality gallery with a focus on the works by Pedro Friedeberg and the photography of Deborah Turbeville.

Casa Diana

Dan Rueffert: One of my favorite artists is now showing at Galeria 15 at  Sollano 15.

Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramierez El Nigromante – Bellas Artes: A branch of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, it was recently renovated and just reopened. They often have exhibitions of contemporary Mexican and local artists, classes, concerts, lectures and films. But the highlights are some amazing murals that you should add to your San Miguel list. There are four by Pedro Martinez from 1939 to 1941, one by Eleanor Cohen from 1941 and an entire room painted by well-known Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, painted in 1948. Siqueiros’s work is amazing and covers the ceiling and all walls.

Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramierez El Nigromante – Bellas Artes

 

Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramierez El Nigromante – Bellas Artes

A short walk from Fabrica la Aurora is the Col. Guadalupe neighborhood. Make sure to wander and see some of the great street art that is being created by local as well as Mexico City artists.  Most can now be found along the arroyo on the northern part of the area as well as on the walls along the borders of the neighborhood. In February 2021, Fodor’s Travel, wrote an article that San Miguel is one of the best cities in the world for street art and artists.

Col. Guadalupe

 

Col. Guadalupe

 

Col. Guadalupe – New Mural  by Jesus Valenzuela Martinez

I originally found the gallery location for Ascender Arte Fino at Calzado de la Aurora #48A. They have since moved to a new location at Hidalgo #112B. This colorful gallery features the paintings of David Vazquez and Quinta Irma hand painted ceramics.

 

Ascender Arte Fino

 

Ascender Arte Fino

Taking over his old studio is Juan Zaragoza Art Co. who also has a gallery nearby at Calzada de la Aurora #47A.  He is known for his landscapes and paintings of San Miguel.

Juan Zaragoza Art Co.

 

Juan Zaragoza Art Co.

Stirling Dickinson was an American artist from Chicago who spent much of his life in San Miguel de Allende, where he was one of the first members of what would become a colony of expatriate artists from the United States.  He was director of the Escuela Universitaria de Bellas Artes in town. So it is appropriate that on the street named after him, there are some excellent new murals that you should see. They are immediately west of Ancha San Antonio. 

Murals on Sterling Dickinson

 

Murals on Sterling Dickinson

 

Murals on Sterling Dickinson

There are number of new murals completed in March, 2022 located the school at the top of Cinco de Mayo just down the hill from Prol. Aldama.

Cinco de Mayo Murals

 

Cinco de Mayo Murals

 

Cinco de Mayo Murals