Established Coral Gables gallery The Americas Collection, founded in 1991 by the Ortiz-Guardian family and under the current direction of Velia Larcinese and Silvia Ortiz, has moved across the street from its former location to 214 Andalusia Avenue.
Although the new space is smaller, the gallery that dedicates its efforts to the endorsement of Contemporary Latin American Art in the US still holds its very large place in the Coral Gables art scene.
Changing their exhibition once a month, a rotation that begins with a formal social opening, keeps The Americas Collection fresh and ever accessible to local and visiting crowds. Confident in their endurance of the economic crisis, The Americas Collection staff believes that Coral Gables is the perfect location for them during this time because of the type of artists they represent and the art that they support. Their last Picasso exhibition in the old location of 2440 Ponce De Leon Blvd. of twenty-nine lithographs from the Suite entitled Imaginary Portraits, on display for cultural and educational purposes only, was a great success among the Coral Gables crowd. The gallery experiences constant traffic throughout the week thanks in part to its proximity to popular Miracle Mile and its nightlife’s colorful crowd.
The gallery represents a number of artists such as Felix Angel (Colombia), Jean Jacques Ribi (Italy/Panama), Antonia Guzman (Argentina), Lina Binkele (Colombia), and Gerardo Bravo Garcia (Mexico) among many others.
Since Miami has always been such an incredible port for the introduction of Latin American Art in the United States, The Americas Collection not only believes in the promise of its location but also takes advantage of its place in the international art market.
Its central location in the Coral Gables art scene and its monthly participation in the first Friday’s Coral Gables Gallery Stroll keep the gallery current and popular among gallery night strollers and art enthusiasts across Miami. Opening September 9th is the new exhibition at The Americas Collection entitled ARTchitectArt, a group exhibition exploring artists’ interpretation of physical and psychological space. Then, in October, Mandala by Daniel Viñoly (Uruguay) will be on display, and in November through December, Love Ties (Lazos de Amor) by Antonia Guzman (Argentina).
The Americas Collection participates in the Ortiz-Guardian Foundation. This foundation was started by Patricia Guardian de Ortiz and Ramiro Ortiz Mayorga and family as a not-for-profit organization. Its objective is to assist in the development of general Nicaraguan Culture specifically in the area of visual arts. The Ortiz-Guardian Foundation has endorsed a number of biennials in Central America over the past 12 years.
The Ortiz-Guardian Family and their foundation strengthened their ties and support to the Nicaraguan community in 2002 by starting the Breast Cancer Program for low-income women of Nicaragua, a program that currently saves the lives of approximately 600 women each year.