The best art galleries in Miami offer something for all tastes

We trawl through the best art galleries in Miami to bring you the finest contemporary works, sculptures and more
Avant Gallery
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By Ginger Harris |
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To find beauty in Miami, one has only to look at the sky, or, if you can be discreet, the crowds in South Beach. (There’s always the Miami Art Deco district too.) Yet the Miami gallery scene has far more to offer the amateur aesthete, thanks to its cheery patronage of the fine arts. Every year, hordes of amateurs, connoisseurs and collectors descend for a dose of the best Miami art they can find—crowding the art galleries in Miami and the Miami museums to clap eyes on everything from the Old Masters to emerging artists. But there’s output beyond Art Basel Miami Beach and oeuvres by local painters and global talents are hiding in plain sight across Wynwood, Little Haiti and beyond.

Best art galleries in Miami

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Rubell Family Collection, Museums and attractions, Miami
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Rubell Family Collection

icon-location-pin Wynwood

What is it? The Rubell Family Collection is best known as one of the biggest private contemporary art collections in the country. And yes, it’s the same Rubell as the Studio 54 days.

Why go? After wowing art gazers at its Wynwood digs for 23 years, Rubell Family Collection is set to open its doors in Miami’s Allapattah District in 2019. Prepare to see art that will spark multiple reactions.

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Fredric Snitzer Gallery
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Fredric Snitzer Gallery

icon-location-pin Omni

What is it? If you think Miami’s art scene is a new-ish thing, consider the Fredric Snitzer Gallery, which has actually been around since the ’70s. And its owner sits on the Art Basel Miami Beach selection committee, so you know he has the chops to curate worth a look-see.

Why go? If it’s contemporary art you are into, expect to see pieces from artists like Naomi Fisher, Ridley Howard and Alice Aycock.

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Avant Gallery
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Avant Gallery

icon-location-pin Downtown

What is it? This gallery inside the EPIC Hotel is ripe with contemporary photography, paintings and sculptures. But you’ll also find furniture, accessories and other artful pieces at this gallery.

Why go? The artists here are some of the most diverse in the city. From their ages to their nationalities to their histories, find their stories through their work.

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David Castillo Gallery
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David Castillo Gallery

icon-location-pin South Beach

What is it? A gallery that isn’t afraid to break the mold, where “artists of color and queer artists,” as it describes them, hang together in harmony.

Why go? Named one of the best booths at Basel in 2017 by multiple publications, you’ll find the works of artists like Sanford Biggers, Lyle Ashton Harris, Kalup Linzy and Xaviera Simmons among these walls.

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Yeelen Gallery
Photograph: Jerome Soimaud
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Yeelen Gallery

icon-location-pin Buena Vista

What is it? A home for street culture, this gallery in Little Haiti has been recognized by publications like Vogue for its stellar exhibits during Basel.

Why go? As the area begins to give to gentrification, Yeelen stays true to Little Haiti’s roots by showing pieces that define the neighborhood’s true Caribbean culture.

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Locust Projects
Photograph: Courtesy Locust Projects
Things to do, Exhibitions

Locust Projects

icon-location-pin Design District

What is it? Born in a Miami warehouse back when Wynwood was in its infant stages, Locust Projects has morphed into a pillar of the art community. Today, it is recognized as a not for profit institute where visual artists are invited to reach beyond the limits and create art that evokes the spirit of freedom.

Why go? The space’s educational initiatives and programming is free to the public and the site-specific installations are worth the trip. The annual Smash and Grab fundraiser is also a must.

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Bakehouse Art Complex Wynwood
Photograph: Silvia Ros
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Bakehouse Art Complex

icon-location-pin Wynwood

What is it? The soul of Wynwood’s Art District, Bakehouse Art Complex has been around for 30-plus years. It may have started out as an Art Deco-era bakery, but today it’s studio residencies, a gallery and a home to some of the best art in the area.

Why go? Oh, the things you’ll find at BAC as you wander through 60 artist studios, two galleries, a project room, classrooms, print room, photo lab, woodworking shop and welding room.

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Agustina Woodgate
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Spinello Projects

icon-location-pin Little River

What is it? Home to some of Miami’s most amazing contemporary and experimental artists, as well as international artists, Spinello Projects is a collection of what put Miami’s art scene on the map to begin with.

Why go? Agustina Woodgate, Sinisa Kukec, Antonia Wright keep those who visit on their toes with their innovative works in a variety of mediums.

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Emerson Dorsch
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Emerson Dorsch

icon-location-pin Little Haiti / Lemon City

What is it? Fifteen years ago, this gallery, which was one of Wynwood’s first, pioneered bringing locals artists to the Wynwood area. Today, it resides in Little Haiti, Miami’s next aspiring “it” neighborhood.

Why go? The group exhibition “I See the Spotlight in You” is currently on display and features various mediums from artists and musicians, blending a variety of mediums that encompass painting and performance.

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Wyn 317
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Wyn 317

icon-location-pin Wynwood

What is it? Blending local graffiti culture with pop influence defines what you’ll find at Wyn 317. It’s a Miami gallery with local flavor.

Why go? Bold new artists. Well-known artists. Artists in the middle of their career. The art here is displayed at every stage from those in our own backyard, as well as international artists from across the globe.

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Origami
Photograph: Unsplash/Dev
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White’s Art Gallery

icon-location-pin Industrial Area (Tropical Park)

What is it? A gallery in the heart of the Bird Road Art District run by Jeniree Blanco.

Why go? If you have a thing for contemporary Latin American Art, you’ll find plenty of it here, as that is what the gallery focuses on, including artists like Enzo, Mary de La Paz and MJPOP. Also expect to find themed nights, like homages to Frida, tropical summer-inspired collections and other round ups that color Miami.

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Blurry art
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Futurama

icon-location-pin East Little Havana

What is it? You’ll find this part workspace, part studio, part gallery for artists in Little Havana. You’ll also find a hefty dose of Cuban artists’ work, many of whom are artists in residence at the space.

Why go? If your last Friday night of the month calls for art, hit this spot for Viernes Culturales, the area’s gallery walk.

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Oliver Cole Gallery
Photograph: Unsplash/Meriç Dağlı
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Oliver Cole Gallery

icon-location-pin Wynwood

What is it? A gallery for collectors, Oliver Cole covers its walls in young, up-and-coming talents just waiting to be discovered.

Why go? Find pop art and contemporary works, plus photography, sculpture and various other mediums. Cole scouts highly technical pieces, so your next big statement piece could be waiting in his showroom.

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Gary Nader Art Centre
Photographer: Courtesy Yelp/Julie R.
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Gary Nader Art Centre

icon-location-pin Midtown

What is it? A hub for Latin American art, Gary Nader Fine Art has been a part of the Miami art scene for more than 30 years.

Why go? With more than 55,000 square feet of exhibition space, you’ll find the works of modern and contemporary artists like Warhol, Oppenheim, Monet, Manet and Lichtenstein in the Gary Nader Private Collection, the Exhibition Gallery and the Sculpture Park.

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Nina Johnson
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Nina Johnson

icon-location-pin Little Haiti / Lemon City

What is it? Once known as Gallery Diet, this contemporary art space has been around since 2007 and displays the works of both emerging and established artists from around the globe.

Why go? You’ll find provocative exhibits here. You’ll find out-of-the-box exhibits here. You’ll find works from artists like Emmett Moore and Nicolas Lobo here, too.

Still craving art?

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