Most Inspiring Wynwood Galleries and Collections

November 17, 2021

Twenty years ago, the exciting international art fair, Art Basel, set down its roots in the Magic City. Ever since, Miami has been a magnet for uber-hip art admirers and well-heeled buyers. And Wynwood Arts District is at the bullseye of this cultural target. 

There’s so much to see when visiting Wynwood — and with limited time, it’s hard to know which galleries will most inspire you. We suggest you start at Wynwood Walls. 

This outdoor graffiti art museum features 35+ original murals and sculptures by some of the most innovative and recognizable street arts of our time like Os Gemeos, Ron English, and Shepard Fairey. 

If you’re in town in early December, you literally cannot miss the most popular art event in America — Miami Art Week — because art will be everywhere. Miami Art Week includes the aforementioned Art Basel Miami Beach and an array of other globally celebrated art fairs. Wynwood’s galleries and public spaces will be lit up with impressive artworks, installations, and performances — not to mention opportunities to schmooze and booze with art stars and jetsetters. 

If we’re being totally honest, opportunities to explore fantastic, top-notch arts experiences in Wynwood don’t quit when Miami Art Week ends. 

If you want to stretch your mind exploring narrative-shifting works in an intimate setting and grab some coffee, visit the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. It’s a 50,000-square-foot space outfitted with Martin Z. Margulies’ collection of photography, sculpture, video and installation works. In addition to impressive exhibitions, the collection also functions as a nonprofit, offering educational programs and an international loan program for artists.  

Gary Nader Art Centre, which is focused largely on big names in Latin American art, is considered the largest gallery in the world with 55,000-square-feet of exhibition space that include the Gary Nader Private Collection, the Exhibition Gallery, and the Sculpture Park. The gallery has shown works by famed Mexican muralist and husband of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, as well the voluptuous figures of Fernando Botero, and minimalist sculptures by Frank Stella, whose art has been exhibited in the world’s finest museums. 

For a splash of fun, don’t miss the Harold Golen Gallery right on the main and buzzing NW Second Street strip. You can’t miss the sign for this “pop surreal art gallery” because it looks like an old, lit-up Holiday Inn sign. This is another long-standing gallery but with a twist. You’ll find colorful and accessible collections featuring vintage-inspired quirky original paintings, vinyl monsters, and even toy robots. 

Other contemporary fine arts galleries in the neighborhood include the respected Mindy Solomon Gallery, which is focused on showing works by mid-career artists in the diaspora, Eduardo Lira Art Gallery, that shows special interest in developing local collectors, and Lelia Mordoch Gallery, which exhibits impressive international and emerging talents. You can also browse the packed halls of the vast Art Fusion Galleries, which offers artists a springboard to connect with buyers — like possibly you! 

While you may or may not leave Wynwood with a sculpture or canvas in your carry-on, you will head home with new stories and perspectives around art, plenty to talk about at your next dinner party, and memories of some of the most exciting artists making work today.

Calex Guimaraes