Top 10 Art Galleries to Visit in Cuba

Galerìa Villa Manuela | © Renè Peña / Flickr
Galerìa Villa Manuela | © Renè Peña / Flickr
Photo of Jack Guy
2 October 2017

Art lovers will be enchanted by Cuba and the creativity that is present all over the island. Most of the best galleries are concentrated in Havana, but there are also notable exhibitions in other cities. Read on to discover the best galleries to visit in Cuba.

Galeria Rene Valdes

Cuba’s second city is known more for its music than its art, but the Galeria Rene Valdes is a great spot for art lovers. It aims to represent local artists and take their work to a larger audience, including visiting tourists. You can buy work by local artists in the shop, and relax over a coffee in the café. You never know, you could take home a piece by a future star.

Galeria Rene Valdes, Avenida Manduley 304, Vista Alegre, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Cuban Art Factory (FAC)

The Cuban Art Factory (FAC) is an impressive venue that hosts exhibitions, film screenings and live music. It’s easy to spend a day taking in the gallery before staying on for drinks and dancing in the event space. The FAC is one of the top spots for creative endeavours in Havana, and is housed in a former factory in the Vedado neighbourhood.

Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), Calle 26, Vedado, Havana, Cuba, +53 78382260

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Villa Manuela

Art Gallery
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Villa Manuela Art Gallery
Villa Manuela Art Gallery | © Rene Peña / Flickr
This space promotes the work of members of the National Association of Writers and Artists, and has long been a focal point for Cuban creatives and critics. Since it opened in 2004, Villa Manuela has become known for showing works from a wide range of artistic styles; there are usually around 10 different shows each year.

Yusi’s Art Alliance

Artists in Cuba often struggle to afford materials, and so the 15-strong collective behind Yusi’s Art Alliance decided to take action. They opened this workshop-cum-gallery in Cienfuegos by pooling their resources, and they now have a place to work and sell their art. It’s a great example of innovative thinking being used to combat the difficulties faced by creative people in Cuba.

Opposite Parque Jose Marti, Cienfuegos, Cuba

Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV)

This innovative space focusses on new areas of creativity and supports the work of both established and emerging artists. It is famous for its role in organising two important annual events: the Salon de Premiados, a yearly show of competition winners, and the Contemporary Cuban Art Salon. You can’t miss out on visiting the CDAV, thanks to its accessible location in one corner of Plaza Vieja in the middle of Old Havana.

Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, 352 San Ignacio, Old Havana, Cuba

Servando Art Gallery

Art Gallery, Museum
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This space is found in the increasingly popular Vedado district of Havana, and hosts a constant stream of shows that change every three weeks. The rapidly changing exhibitions allow the gallery to promote the works of many different artists, and previous shows have included the works of Lazaro Saavedra, Luis Enrique López-Chávez and Alejandro Campins, all of whom are rising stars in the Cuban art world.

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