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If you need a break from the sun, visiting the art galleries in Puerto Vallarta is one of the best things to do in this artistic city.

There are plenty of fun things in Puerto Vallarta to fill your itinerary. From snorkeling in a national marine park to horseback riding in the mountains to just lounging on la playa, you’ll never be bored here.

But did you know that it’s also a very artistic city? In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the top Puerto Vallarta art galleries

Best Puerto Vallarta Art Galleries

The Malecon

While technically not a traditional gallery, the Malecon is a must-see for art lovers. This oceanfront esplanade is full of unique sculptures and is one of the top things to do on any visit to Puerto Vallarta.

The best way to experience the art on the Malecon is to walk the entire thing. Start at the north end by Hotel Rosita, where you’ll find the spiraling “Los Milenios” (The Millenia).

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Los Milenios on the Malecon. Photo by Sasha Savinov

From there, just head south and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the mile-long Malecon. There are dozens of sculptures to see along the way, including the famous “Boy on the Seahorse” which sits in the middle of the colorful Puerto Vallarta sign.

If at any point you feel like taking a break, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and beach bars to choose from. There are actually several art galleries on or near the Malecon as well. You can definitely spend the better part of a day taking it all in.

Another option for experiencing all the art on the Malecon is joining the weekly free walking tour. Just show up at the aforementioned spiraling sculpture at 9:30 on Tuesday morning through April 19th.

It’s for a good cause as they collect donations for Los Mangos – a nonprofit library and culture center in PV. It’s just one of the many free activities in Puerto Vallarta!

For a detailed guide to all of the sculptures on the Malecon, click here.

Galeria Colectika

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The amazing Galeria Colektica. Photo by Sasha Savinov

It’s hard to miss this awesome Puerto Vallarta art gallery, thanks to the impressive mural that adorns the front of the building. This gallery is full of unique folk art, such as some incredible Day of the Dead ceramic skulls.

You can find out more information about their collections on their website, Peyote People.

Galeria Uno

Galeria Uno is the original Puerto Vallarta art gallery dating back to 1971. It’s a 2-story building with plenty of paintings and sculptures from 30 different contemporary artists in Mexico.

With four decades of experience, the owners here definitely have a knack for discovering up-and-coming artists. They’re located just off the Malecon and are also a stop on the ArtWalk.

Galerie des Artistes

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Galerie des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta – Photo by Sasha Savinov

For art lovers, this little corner of PV is a must-visit. This gallery will catch your eye from the street with its colorful mural out front.

Inside, you’ll find some very unique sculptures and paintings. It’s the perfect place to visit before or after a meal at Cafe des Artistes across the street. The restaurant itself is a work of art that’s worth checking out.

Corsica Galería de Arte

On the other corner, across from the restaurant, you’ll find one of the most beloved Puerto Vallarta galleries. Founded by Jean Pierre Renucci, Corsica has been a staple on the PV art scene for 20 years.

Focusing on contemporary Mexican fine art, they always have something new from world-class artists here. Keep an eye on their Facebook page, as they often host special events.

Galeria Pacifico del Arte

This excellent gallery in Centro has been around since 1987. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of paintings and sculptures, mostly from Mexican contemporary artists. There are also works from foreign artists living in Mexico.

Owner Gary Thompson is also the one behind the free walking tour of the Malecon. Be sure to join them on Tuesday mornings in the high season to raise money for the city’s nonprofit library and culture center.

Tierra Huichol

No post about Puerto Vallarta art would be complete without mentioning Huichol – the intricate bead art that this area is famous for. The Huichol, also known as Wixárika, are an indigenous group that calls the Sierra Madre mountain range home.

Tierra Huichol has two locations in Puerto Vallarta where you can peruse some incredible collections of this unique art form, in the Romantic Zone and on the Malecon. Before visiting, you can learn more about their artists and the works currently on display on their website.

Studio Gallery J.A.R.

This studio and gallery by Mexican artist J. Armando Reyes should be your first stop if you’re looking for original oil paintings. He has some great works that capture scenes of the city and Mexican culture. You can see some pieces on the Facebook page.

Galleria Dante

Galleria Dante is one of Puerto Vallarta’s largest and most eclectic art galleries. It’s been on the scene for 30 years, and represents more than 60 artists. You can see a complete list of artists an works for sale on their website.

Qulture

Restaurant, bar, and art gallery rolled into one, this place really checks all the boxes! Go for their excellent Happy Hour and a delicious meal, then stick around to peruse the many galleries.

Here you can find painters, sculptors, visual artists, photographers, and jewelers all under one roof. Click here to learn more about the various galleries on display.

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Enjoy PV and its art scene! Photo by Sasha Savinov

These are just a few of the best galleries in Puerto Vallarta. This town is an art lover’s dream come true. Wander the streets of PV for a bit, and you’re sure to stumble upon other hidden gems.

Puerto Vallarta Art Walk

One of the best ways to experience art in Puerto Vallarta is on the Puerto Vallarta Art Walk.

During this event, most galleries will be open past regular hours to exhibit works by national and international artists. It’s a great place to pick up gifts to bring home, as you can find paintings, sculptures, fine ceramics and jewelry on offer.

It happens every Wednesday evening from 6-10 PM from October 26th, 2022 through June 28th, 2023. It begins at Colectika and continues on to 15 other art galleries in Puerto Vallarta you can see listed on their website.

If you’ve got a favorite artist or gallery in PV, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know about them!

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Sasha is a teacher, writer, and video producer from Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State (Go Green!) and has since lived in China, Indonesia, Mexico, and Colombia. Sasha and his wife Rachel run Grateful Gypsies, where they write about teaching ESL, digital nomad life, long-term travel, live music, and more.

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