Philadelphia, PA - Philly's Latin American Art, is the combined artistic expression of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico, as well as Latin Americans living in other regions. Latino art thrives in Philadelphia, and it’s available for sale at galleries and museums around town. Want a Frida Kahlo print for the living room? Find it at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the market for an original oil painting in the magical realism style of Orlando Quevedo?
The Cuban artist’s NoLibs gallery delivers. Maybe only a Day of the Dead doll will do? Eyes Gallery offers just the thing. Here’s a look at where to buy Latino art in Philadelphia:
- A visit to the community-based arts and cultural organization Taller Puertorriqueño means a visit to its The Julia de Burgos Gift Shop, a top spot for original Latino artwork, crafts, handmade jewelry, and collectibles. The only bilingual bookstore of its kind in the tri-state region, the store—named for one of Puerto Rico’s and Latin America’s prominent poetic voices—is also home to Galería Lorenzo Homar, dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean art. The gallery’s permanent collection includes works by Carlos Pascual, Daniel de Jesus, Marta Sanchez, Antonio Martorell, Ralfka González, and many more. 2721 N. 5th Street, (215) 426-3311, tallerpr.org
- Founded by artists Isaiah and Julia Zagar in 1968, the Eyes Gallery specializes in Latin American crafts, textiles, and exotic jewelry from Mexico, Peru, Haiti, and elsewhere in South America and the Caribbean. From colorful Day of the Dead figurines and dolls to pottery from celebrated artist Josefina Aguilar, the Eyes Gallery offers three floors of hand-picked fair-trade items from around the globe. 402 South Street, (215) 925-0193, eyesgallery.com
- A vivid palette of global folk and contemporary art decorates the showroom at Indigo Arts, featuring the most beautiful folk and contemporary art from Latino hotspots such as Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. One gallery spotlights Cuban self-taught and trained artists, including José Garcia Montebravo and Alejandro Lazo, Arnaldo Garcia Rodriguez, and Luis Joaquin Rodriguez Arias, among others. 1400 N. American Street, (215) 765-1041, indigoarts.com
- Fans of Cuban artist Orlando Quevedo can find his striking works of magical realism at New Image Art & Framing in Rittenhouse Square. In the U.S. since 1993, Quevedo was awarded first prize in the International Young Artist Exhibitions in Moscow and Havana at age 15. His original oil paintings channel masters such as Picasso, Chagall and Van Gogh in a dramatic light-filled Baroque style. 1939 Chestnut Street, (215) 972-1577
- Prints by Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso are on sale at the expansive Philadelphia Museum of Art gift shop, along with Mexican crafts and hand-carved and hand-painted wooden animals from Oaxaca, Mexico. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
- In the newly renovated gift shop at the Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), those with an eye for folk art will find reproductions of Pre-Columbian pottery, textiles, and other hand-made crafts from Central and South American artisans. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum
Philadelphia's Latino Chefs & Restaurateurs - Philly's national reputation as a thriving, open-to-all city extends to its flourishing culinary scene, which features a multitude of executive chefs of Latin descent. From nationally renowned luminaries with multiple successful restaurants (Jose Garces, Guillermo Pernot) to upstarts making a name for themselves here (Jezabel Careaga, Adan Trinidad, Cristina Martinez), these talented chefs come from all over Latin America, the Caribbean and South America, bringing a highly diverse set of flavors and tradit.ions to the communal table.
7 Facts About Philadelphia's Latino Community - Philly honors Hispanic Culture thought the year with food, fun, and fiestas. Revelers can catch the Latino spirit at the Mexican Independence Day Festival on Penn’s Landing and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Thought the year, arts and culture lovers have more to look forward to the such as last year's opening of the El Corazon Cultural Center in El Centro de Oro and the North American debut of the exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.