The First International Art Fair in the Caribbean

The First International Art Fair in the Caribbean

CIRCA Puerto Rico

Carlos Betancourt, From the Rincón Flamboyant Series,
“FAMILY PORTRAIT (Mami, Papi, Alberto, and Me –Rincón, PR)”, 2005,
Metallic Lambda Print (50x50cm)
Image Courtesy of Diana Lowenstein Fine Art,
Miami/Galeria Walter Otero, Puerto Rico

January 28, 2008

The First International Art Fair in the Caribbean, Third Edition
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dates: April 11 – 14, 2008

Puerto Rico Convention Center
100 Convention Blvd.
San Juan, PR 00907

Email: info [​at​]

Press Contact: targetyourart [​at​]
VIP Program Contact: mariangela.capuzzo [​at​]


CIRCA Puerto Rico ’08, the first international art fair in the Caribbean and Central America, will be held from April 11 – April 14, 2008 at the new Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, and will feature over 40 commercial galleries from Puerto Rico, Latin America, the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia.

CIRCA PR ’08 will once again bring the best of Contemporary art to a local and international audience of collectors. It is the only art fair of its kind in the Caribbean and Central America, where an important group of collectors has emerged in the past few years. In just three years, CIRCA PR has shown its potential to give new visibility to the Caribbean art world where an exciting mix of regional artists, gallerists, institutions, and collectors, together with a selection of international galleries, offered a very personal and dynamic art fair.

Far from the madding crowds and the gigantism of most of the art fairs, at CIRCA PR we are convinced that an art fair should be small, intimate, and intellectually challenging. CIRCA continues with its humane scale in a friendly and sunny setting allowing gallerists, collectors and other art professionals to interact on a more personal one-to-one basis. Respected economist E.F.Schumacher once said “Small is beautiful”, hinting clearly to the most appropriate scale for an activity. And for us, size does really matter.

• “the fair featured a great mix of dealers and independent thinkers that aren’t found at other art fairs” (Walter Robinson, artnet)
• “Puerto Rico has something unique to offer to the world, which is increasingly about money and seeing the same thing everywhere you go” ( Joel Weinstein, Flash Art)
• “CIRCA is shaping up to be an exciting initiative” (Amanda Coulson Tema Celeste)
• “Puerto Rico possesses one of the highest densities of collectors that I know of in the art world” (Fernando Galán

(San Juan), Air de Paris (Paris), Altamira (Gijon), Artspace Witzenhausen (Amsterdam), Blow de la Barra (London), Botello (San Juan), Breenspace (Sydney), brot.undspiele (Berlin), Spencer Brownstone (New York), Adora Calvo (Salamanca), Casas Riegner (Bogota), Marta Cervera (Madrid), Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin), Carmen Correa Contemporaneo (San Juan), CR3MA (San Juan), Dean Projects (New York), Espacio Liquido (Gijon), Henrique Faria Fine Art (New York), Gavlak (West Palm Beach), Alfredo Ginocchio Arte Internacional (Mexico DF), Moti Hasson (New York), Hardcore Art Contemporany Space (Miami), Caprice Horn (Berlin), Jacob Karpio (San Jose, CR), Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts (Miami), Federico Luger (Milan), Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art (Toronto), Museum 52 (London), Pan American Art Projects (Miami), Raquel Ponce (Madrid), Walter Otero (San Juan), Point of View (New York), PM Gallery (Toronto), El Museo/Fernando Pradilla (Bogota), Primer Piso (San Juan), Lyle O. Reitzel (Santo Domingo), Samson Projects (Boston), Schuebbe Project (Duesseldorf), Space Other (Boston), Spielhaus & Morrison (Berlin), Spinello Gallery (Miami), Storehouse Group(San Juan), Vane (UK), and Voges + Partner (Francfort).

For the section In the Spot guest curators –among which Michel Blancsube from the Jumex Collection and Julieta Gonzalez from Espacio 1414- will put together a revolutionary concept-based exhibition from works exhibited at the fair; at the end of the day the curator will engage in a critical dialogue with
the audience.

In response to the bourgeoning and dynamic artistic community, an important group of private collectors has emerged in Puerto Rico. In cooperation with these collectors and in hommage to Jan Hoet’s Chambres d’Amis (1986), the section “Chambres des Collecteurs” offers during CIRCA a unique possibility of visiting private collections. Our interesting and edgy collector’s program will offer visits to the following private collections: the Rosalia and Ugobono Collection with works by Melvin Martinez, Jonathan Meese, Guillermo Kuitca among others; Horacio Campolietto Collection with works by Erwin Olaf and Andres Serrano; in addition this year CIRCA will feature the opening of Luis Gutierrez Latin-American Photo Collection. Also on the VIP Programme is a visit to the exclusive “Country Club” Dorado Beach East in order to visit the Pepe Alvarez and Carlos Trapaga Collections. These are exciting collections you won’t miss that give a good idea of the collector’s vibe on the island.

The VIP Program also hosts visits to artists’ studios, gallery walk, museum openings, and parties, in order to make Puerto Rico the ultimate experience for the visiting collector and art lover while enjoying the unique scene of Old San Juan and the incredible reggeaton parties. You can also enjoy the GOLF EXPERIENCE of a lifetime in one of the most celebrated courses in the Caribbean. A first for CIRCA, we invite you to tee off with us on April 15th, at 7:00am.For more information and bookings, call us at (787) 279-7675, or email us at

For reservations and special rates at the Normandie Hotel in San Juan, you may call (787) 729-2929 or 1-877-987-2929.

Remember to make your reservations under the group name: CIRCA ‘08.
Guests under the CIRCA group name will receive free transportation to and from the Normandie Hotel and the fair (by itinerary).

About Circa Puerto Rico ‘08
CIRCA Puerto Rico ’08 is organized by Portfolio FIAC, Inc., a corporation founded by Roberto J. Nieves and Anabelle Lampón to serve as a leading cultural management company in the Puerto Rican and
Caribbean communities.

CIRCA Puerto Rico ’08 is sponsored by Caribbean Merchandiser Services, Caras, MCS, the Normandie Hotel, and the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

It is supported by: Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, and Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico.

For more information please visit or call (787) 279-7675.

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