PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Latino art thrives in Philadelphia, and it’s available for sale at galleries and museums around town. Want a Frida Kahlo print for the living room? It’s waiting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the market for an original oil painting in the magical realism style of Orlando Quevedo? The Cuban artist’s NoLibs gallery delivers. Maybe only a Day of the Dead doll will do? Eyes Gallery offers just the thing. Here’s a look at where to buy Latino art in Philadelphia:
— A visit to the community-based arts and cultural organization Taller Puertorriqueno means a visit to its Julia de Burgos Books and Crafts Store, a top spot for original Latino artwork, crafts, handmade jewelry and collectibles. The only bilingual bookstore of its kind in the tri-state region, the store — named for one of Puerto Rico’s and Latin America’s prominent poetic voices — is also home to Galeria Lorenzo Homar, dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean art. The gallery’s permanent collection includes works by Ralfka Gonzalez, Lorenzo Homar, Myrna Baez, Nitza Trufino, Jose Alicea and many more. 2721 N. 5th Street, (215) 426-3311, tallerpr.org
— Inspired by Peter Paul Rubens, Velazquez and Rembrandt, Cuban artist Orlando Quevedo showcases his striking works of magical realism at the Orlando Quevedo Gallery in Northern Liberties. In the U.S. since 1993, Quevedo was awarded first prize in the International Young Artist Exhibitions in Moscow and Havana at age 15. His original oil paintings channel masters such as Picasso, Chagall and Van Gogh in a dramatic light-filled Baroque style. 433 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 439-3583, myspace.com/orlandoquevedo
— Founded by artists Isaiah and Julia Zagar in 1968, the Eyes Gallery specializes in Latin American crafts, textiles and exotic jewelry from Mexico, Peru, Haiti and elsewhere in South America and the Caribbean. From colorful Day of the Dead figurines and dolls to pottery from celebrated artist Josefina Aguilar, the Eyes Gallery offers three floors of hand-picked fair-trade items from around the globe. 402 South Street, (215) 925-0193, eyesgallery.com
— A vivid palette of global folk and contemporary art decorates the showroom at Indigo Arts, featuring the finest international folk and contemporary art from Latino hotspots such as Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Brazil. One gallery spotlights Cuban self-taught and trained artists, including Osvaldo Castillo, Fito (Adolfo Flores Gonzalez), Arnaldo Garcia Rodriguez and Luis Joaquin Rodriguez Arias, among others. 1400 N. American Street, (215) 765-1041, indigoarts.com
— Prints by Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso are on sale at the expansive Philadelphia Museum of Art gift shop, along with Mexican crafts and hand-carved and hand-painted wooden animals from Oaxaca, Mexico. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway,
(215) 763-8100, http://www.philamuseum.org
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