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
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.
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.
What is it? The antidote for people who just want to go up and touch the art. Here, you can (mostly) do just that. The pieces at this digital art gallery move along with you. You can manipulate the work with your fingers or by jumping up and down. It’s pretty neat and before you know it you’ll have spent an hour waving your arms up and down like a cheerleader.
Why go? Immersive experiences are all the rage these days but Artechouse delivers with quality art that doesn't feel like its sole goal is to elicit Instagram posts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.