Must-See 2019 Miami Art Basel Galleries

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By: Shayne Benowitz

The thriving and ever-changing gallery scene is part of what makes Miami such a dynamic destination for arts and culture. If you’re visiting in December for Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week 2019, be sure to pay a visit to Miami’s local galleries. While the mural-splashed neighborhood of Wynwood was once the epicenter of the gallery scene, new up-and-coming areas, like the Design District, Little Haiti, South Beach and Little Havana, are continually attracting both artists and the galleries that represent them.

With an emphasis on cutting edge contemporary art by both emerging and established local and international artists, there are always exciting exhibits on display at Miami’s galleries, especially during Miami Art Week. Here’s your guide to Miami’s must-see galleries during Art Basel Miami Beach 2019.


Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Fredric Snitzer is a pioneer in the world of Miami galleries, originally opening his eponymous gallery in the 1970s. Today, it remains one of the only Miami galleries to consistently show at Art Basel Miami Beach. His impressive roster of artists includes Hernan Bas, Alice Aycock and Maria Martinez-Canas.

Gary Nader Art Centre

Specializing in Latin American modern and contemporary art, Gary Nader Art Centre is a mainstay in Miami’s gallery scene. With blue chip artists ranging from Fernando Botero to Diego Rivera and Wilfredo Lam, Nader is one of the most sought after dealers for art from this region.

Robert Fontaine Gallery

With works ranging from the masters of Pop Art to today’s most provocative urban interventionist artists, Robert Fontaine is drawn to original artists who have no reference point to the past. Fontaine has a sharp curatorial eye with a roster of artists including London’s RYCA who revels in post-Pop iconography ranging from Warhol to Star Wars and New Zealand’s Henrietta Harris who paints near-photoreal portraits with surreal flourishes in watercolor. He regularly shows at Art Miami and Scope.

Spinello Projects
Spinello Projects

Spinello Projects

Founded by Anthony Spinello in 2005, Spinello Projects is one of the most ambitious and provocative galleries in Miami. His eye for superstar emerging contemporary talent like Agustina Woodgate has propelled his gallery into the hallowed halls of Art Basel Miami Beach.

Little Haiti


On the cutting edge of Miami’s art scene, Primary. was founded by artists BooksIII Bischof and Typoe, as well as curator Cristina Gonzalez in 2007. The multidisciplinary organization thinks beyond the scope of the gallery walls with many street artists and muralists in their program including Miami-based artist Magnus Sodamin and Los Angeles-based artist Kenton Parker.

Emerson Dorsch

Emerson Dorsch opened one of the first galleries in Wynwood and also led the charge when it moved to Little Haiti. Run by a husband and wife duo, the gallery is committed to a core of select South Florida artists, as well as to hosting emerging and mid-career visiting artists, including Jenny Brillhart, Robert Chambers and Clifton Childree.

Nina Johnson

Nina Johnson-Milewski founded Gallery Diet in Wynwood in 2007 before moving to Little Haiti and rechristening her space Nina Johnson. She represents dynamic Miami-based artists like Bakti Baxter and Emmett Moore. Her gallery’s focus is design and sculpture.


Founded by husband-and-wife duo Jordan and Annie Trachtenberg in 2014, &gallery is situated inside a historic 1939 building in Little Haiti. Their program is dedicated exclusively to emerging and mid-career Florida-based artists, including Patricia Schnall Gutierrez and Thomas Bils. “There are so many great galleries in Miami, but they often focus on international artists or artists based elsewhere. We wanted to create a space to showcase the great Miami artists that were being overlooked,” says Annie.

South Beach

Oolite Arts

A mainstay on Lincoln Road since 1984, Art Center South Florida is now Oolite Arts, a cultural complex and artist studio space hosting about 20 artists in residence. With open studio hours seven days a week, visitors can tour current exhibitions and working studios for a glimpse into the artist’s creative process. The group exhibition “On the Road II” will be on display during Miami Art Week 2019. Oolite Arts will be moving to a new space in Little Haiti in 2022 that’s currently under construction.

David Castillo and his dog Harry
David Castillo and his dog Harry

David Castillo

One of the only Miami art galleries to show at Art Basel Miami Beach, David Castillo has cemented his reputation as one of the city’s preeminent art dealers. He boasts an impressive roster of contemporary artists including Miami video artist Jillian Mayer. Seek out his gallery inside the historic Albert Anis building on Lincoln Road. The work of Sanford Biggers will be on display during Miami Art Week 2019.

Design District

Locust Projects

Founded by a trio of Miami-based artists in Wynwood in 1998, Locust Projects is a not-for-profit exhibition space dedicated to providing an experimental space to emerging contemporary artists without the pressures and limitations of traditional galleries. In 2009, they relocated to the Design District where they exhibit works by a wide range of both visiting and local artists. During Miami Art Week 2019, the works of Trenton Doyle Hancock will be on display.

Little Havana

Futurama 1637 Art Building

The Futurama Building in Little Havana serves as an artist studio and exhibition space hosting 12 artists at a time. Located on Calle Ocho, their mission is to advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in Little Havana. A visit here is a great way to experience the contemporary art of Miami’s thriving Cuban communities under one roof.

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