Miami’s Top Ten Art Galleries 2021

It’s true that art is subjective and what moves one may not move another. But when it comes to selecting artists and artworks, Miami gallerists and curators know a thing or two — or three — about talent. It takes a lot of talent to identify the potential of an emerging artist or see the value of a mid-career creative. The founders and operators of the galleries listed alphabetically below have one thing in common: they never disappoint.

Whether you’re looking to add to or expand your art collection, or maybe you’re looking to be engulfed in thought-provoking and awe-inspiring artwork, this list has you covered. Read on to learn more about Miami’s top ten art galleries.

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Bonnier Gallery has featured works by renowned artists such as Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Yayoi Kusama.

Photo courtesy of Galerie Bonnier

The Bonnier Gallery

3408 NW Seventh Avenue, Miami
305-960-7850
thebonniergallery.com

Grant Bonnier’s family has been in the art business for literally hundreds of years – its lineage dates back to 1800s Europe, where the Bonnier family is known to have gotten its start with the works of playwright August Strindberg . In 2018, Grant and his wife, Cristina, decided to open their own gallery space in the heart of Allapattah. Already, the intimate space has featured works by renowned artists such as Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Yayoi Kusama. On view until November 20, 2021: “Open”, an exhibition of works by digital artist Yucef Merhi.

Click to enlarge David Castillo opened his gallery in Miami in 2005. - PHOTO COURTOISY OF DAVID CASTILLO

David Castillo opened his gallery in Miami in 2005.

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David Castillo

3930 NE Second Ave., Ste. 201 Miami
305-573-8110
davidcastillogallery.com

David Castillo is perhaps one of the most recognizable names in the art industry – locally and internationally. The art historian and gallerist studied at Yale University and opened his gallery in Miami in 2005. Although the physical location of the space has changed several times – it is currently in the Design District – Castillo’s commitment to showcasing impeccable craftsmanship has never wavered. The Cuban-American gallerist is no stranger to immigrant storytelling, which might explain his penchant for staging artists who tell stories of identity through their work. Until November 13, works by artists Glexis Novoa, Emilio Martinez and Katie Gillmore are on display.

Click to enlarge Isaac Perelman Mizrahi (left) and Alfredo Guzman - PHOTO COURTESY OF DOT FIFTYONE GALLERY

Isaac Perelman Mizrahi (left) and Alfredo Guzman

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Dot Fiftyone Gallery

7275 NE Fourth Ave., #101, Miami
305-573-9994
dotfiftyone.com

Interchangeable white walls and exposed concrete floors make up the Dot Fiftyone Gallery in Little River. Alfredo Guzman and Isaac Perelman Mizrahi founded the gallery in 2003; the partners mainly present Latin American artists, as well as international and local talents. The gallery has exhibited notable names such as Colombian artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Miami-based photographer Anastasia Samoylova and Mexican painter Marcos Castro – and that was just last year. To see until November 19: “Wild Altar”, a solo exhibition by Magnus Sodamin, in the Galerie I space, and “Be”, an exhibition by Raquel Schwartz, in the Galerie II.

Click to enlarge Gallery director Ibett Yanez del Castillo and co-founders Brook Dorsch and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch - PHOTO COURTESY OF EMERSON DORSCH

Gallery director Ibett Yanez del Castillo and co-founders Brook Dorsch and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch

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Emerson Dorsch

5900 NW Second Avenue, Miami
305-576-1278
emersondorsch.com

Before the Wynwood Arts District became a capital-T, capital-D tourist destination, it was just a former warehouse district. Art galleries settling in the neighborhood helped transform the neighborhood into what it is today. One of the first galleries to turn a former warehouse into an art exhibition space was Emerson Dorsch in 2000. Founders Brook Dorsch and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch left Wynwood in 2015 for Little Haiti, where the gallery now resides . Emerson Dorsch represents several multidisciplinary artists, including Brookhart Jonquil, Robert Thiele and Paula Wilson. On view until October 23: “Glimpse” by Moira Holohan, followed by a solo exhibition by Yanira Collado, which opens on November 13.

Fredric Snitzer Gallery

1540 Northeast Miami County, Miami
305-448-8976
snitzer.com

Fredric Snitzer is a rare breed of artist-turned-gallerist – and who’s been in the business for decades. Snitzer opened its first gallery in Coral Gables in 1977. Since then, iterations of the Fredric Snitzer Gallery have taken root on Bird Road, Wynwood, and more recently in the arts and entertainment district on the outskirts of downtown. city. The gallery has exhibited all kinds of works – paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations – you think it, Snitzer exhibited it. Their roster of artists is not only impressive but breathtaking, with Ridley Howard, Tomas Esson and Elena Dorfman to name a few. Snitzer himself has served on the board of the Art Basel Miami Beach committee since the art fair’s first local foray in 2002.

LnS Gallery

2610 SW 28th Ln., Miami
305-987-5642
lnsgallery.com

A husband-wife duo running a gallery is not uncommon in the art world. Enter life partners Sergio Cernuda and Luisa Lignarolo, founders and gallerists of LnS Gallery on the edge of Coconut Grove. After working in the industry separately for over 15 years, the couple decided to open their own gallery space together in 2017. Last month, LnS opened a second space in Coral Gables, not far from its main location. of Coconut Grove, called LnS Modern. While LnS Gallery focuses on contemporary artists, the smaller and more boutique LnS Modern will showcase works by artists from earlier eras. LnS Gallery aims to showcase the works of local Miami artists and represents a roster of designers including John William Bailly, William Osorio and Arturo Rodriguez. On view until November 6: “A series of unrelated thoughts”, an exhibition of works by Gustavo Acosta.

Click to enlarge The founder and owner of the Mindy Solomon Gallery has collected art most of her life.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY

The founder and owner of the Mindy Solomon Gallery has collected art most of her life.

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Mindy Solomon Gallery

848 NW 22nd St., Miami
786-953-6917
mindysolomon.com

Mindy Solomon loves art. As in, really like it. The founder and owner of the Mindy Solomon Gallery has collected art most of her life. Her home is filled with unique artwork, paintings, and sculptures on every table, wall, and in every nook, cranny, and nook. A practicing artist, educator, and arts advocate herself, Solomon opened her gallery in 2009. Now located in Allapattah, the Mindy Solomon Gallery represents and showcases works by emerging and mid-career artists. Here, you can expect to find pieces ranging from pottery to paintings to sculptures. Opening on October 23: two separate exhibitions, both visible until November 25, by artists Virginia Leonard (“Golden Legs and Other Bits”) and Anthony Sonnenberg (“I’m Gonna Dance the Way I Feel”).

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Nina Johnson has defined Miami’s art scene for decades.

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Nina Johnson Gallery

6315 NW Second Avenue, Miami
305-571-2288
ninajohnson.com

Nina Johnson – the person and the gallery – has defined Miami’s art scene for decades. Owned and operated by Nina Johnson-Milewski, the gallery was established in 2007 and has since become a fixture in the art community. In 2018, Nina Johnson moved to a new four-building complex in Little Haiti. The larger space allows the gallery to display more work, often housing multiple exhibitions at once. Johnson-Milewski represents a host of artists from everywhere, including this year new times Emmett Moore, winner of “Best Visual Artist”. One of the gallery’s recent exhibitions featured the works of Miami native and Southern California resident Bhakti Baxter. Simultaneous opening in October: “Precarious Arrangements” by Brianne Garcia and “I don’t ever want it to be a lost art” by Marlene Bennett Jones.

Primary

7410 Northwest Miami County, Miami
954-296-1675
thisisprimary.com

Primary Projects (stylized Primary.) originated in the early 1980s as a collective that brought together local talent to paint murals in the then-booming neighborhood known as Wynwood. Over the years, Primary has occupied many locations, but the gallery now has a permanent home in Little River, not far from the train tracks. From the outside, the plain white exterior leaves a lot to the imagination. The interior, however, with exposed concrete paired with cool white walls and wooden beams above, makes the space an ideal setting for all sorts of magical and memorable artwork. Founded in 2007 by three friends, artist Michael Gran (who goes by the name Typoe), Books Bischoff and Cristina Gonzalez, Primary has exhibited works by national and international artists. Opening this month: a solo exhibition by Typoe — a first for the artist in several years.

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Antoine Spinello

Photo by Elliot Jiminez

Spinello projects

2930 NW Seventh Avenue, Miami
646-780-9265
spinelloprojects.com

Anthony Spinello has a knack for spotting talent. The young gallerist has been representing artists for nearly two decades and successfully runs Spinello Projects, formerly Spinello Gallery. The first iteration of the gallery opened in 2005 when Spinello was just 22 years old. In the years that followed, the curator and art dealer located his gallery in different spaces in Wynwood, the Design District and the Upper Eastside before landing in his current location in Allapattah. Despite moving around the city, Spinello has always remained true to its mission of representing a diverse collection of artists including men, women, POC and queer artists. Spinello Projects’ current exhibition, “As Flesh to Land” by Mexican-American and Miami-based artist Mateo Nava, is on view through November 6.

Mildred D. Field