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Finding original works by talented Ecuadorian artists is easy in the port city of Guayaquil. Most galleries are located in one of two neighborhoods: along the street of Calle Numa Pompilio Llona in Las Peñas, and near Calle 9 NO in Urdesa. A new kind of gallery and exhibition space also recently opened in the Samborondón district. Each location offers its own special flair.
Galería de Hermel Quezada
Hermel Quezada works in the style of magical realism. His work is bright, colorful, and whimsical, perhaps a reflection of the rainbow-colored houses in the surrounding Las Peñas neighborhood. The paintings in his gallery are available to buy.
Galería de Roberto Saavedra Walker
Roberto Saavedra Walker sells his work from a gallery/workshop on Calle Numa Pompilio Llona, a street in Las Peñas known for being home to several art galleries. Throughout his career, he has explored several media, but he is best known for his oil paintings. His best works are abstract, playing with ancient themes in a modern and surrealist style.
Casa del Artista Plastico
Casa del Artista Plastico, located in the colorful neighborhood of Las Peñas, offers hands-on classes in painting, and provides exhibition space to local artists. On weekends and holidays, the Casa del Artista Plastico spills out onto the local street, a pedestrian walkway, and becomes a market for artists selling their work.
Galeria de Arte Man Ging
The Man Ging Art Gallery can be found in two locations. The first is in the midtown neighborhood of Urdesa. The gallery occupies a historic home and holds a collection of modern art. The second is downtown, inside the Man Ging Hotel, where they sell the work of many modern Ecuadorian artists.
Imaginar is known in Quito and Guayaquil for its diverse offerings from a wide variety of Ecuadorian artists. Their collection of art for sale includes works by well-known artists such as Jorge Perugache and Frederico Gozenbach. The displays are well lit and the staff are very welcoming to all patrons, even those who are not in the market to buy.