Art in Belize 

by Cristina Reyna
art in belize

Belizean art reflects the culture, lifestyle, wildlife, seascapes, local street scenes and the amazing landscapes of Belize. You can find paintings, textiles, furniture, wooden sculptures, slate carvings, and basketry in locations such as galleries, gift shops or even on the roadside. 

“Art is a form of love. Art is the ultimate gift. Art heals life.” – Robert Genn 

Pen Cayetano 

“A true and universal artist” – One of Pen’s unique peculiarities is that he was self-taught. As an artist, his capacity to learn from within one’s cultural environment accompanied Pen from Belize to Europe and back to Belize. He owns a Studio Gallery in Dangriga, where you can get to meet him and enjoy his stories surrounded by paintings and murals. “We are passionate about art and music and love what we do. Sharing our love and knowledge is part of our life. Roots and culture, art and music must go on in the generations to come”.  

Walter Castillo 

A self-taught artist, born in Nicaragua, he grew up in San Pedro, visiting Caye Caulker as his playground. When young he started traveling around Belize and mingling with people from different cultures. He uses vibrant colors and the people in his paintings are full of life. 

His first exhibition was in England in1990, where his work was well received. After many years living in San Pedro, he moved to the peaceful village of Bullet Tree Falls in the Cayo District, where he now has his studio.

Marcos Larios 

He moved to Belize at the age of 14 and started working in San Pedro, painting signs for shops and businesses. His painting reflects vivid colors and the underwater island scenes. He owns Ambergris Art Gallery, located at SunBreeze Hotel, where he continues his sign painting business as well. Marcos hopes that his paintings can bring happiness to the people who view them. With a magical touch of his brush, he has immortalized the beauty of Belize. 

Carolyn Carr 

Born in Canon City, Colorado, she moved to Belize in 1977. “It is my belief that art is not only a reflection of the soul and spirit of its sources but a message to the soul and spirit of others.” Some of her paintings are done using watercolor. 

Mrs. Carr loves the people and traditions of Belize which have provided her endless subjects to paint.  

You can purchase her paintings on her website 

Leisa Carr-Caceres – Leisa’s One of a Kind 

She interprets the world through stained glass. Her favorite themes are animals and nature. She has been living in Belize and has had the opportunity to experience nature on a daily basis. “Nature in Belize is vibrant and ever-changing, perfect for artistry.”  Her theme is One of a Kind because all her pieces are unique. 



  • Image Factory
    91 N. Front St.
    Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-5 
  • Fine Arts Gallery
    1 Fort St. in Tourism Village
    Hours: When cruise ships are in port, or by appointment 
  • Belizean Handicraft Market Place
    2 S. Park in Fort George area opposite Memorial Park
    Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-5, Sat. 8-4 


  • Art Box
    Mile 46, Western Highway, just before reaching The City Of Belmopan from the direction of Belize City.
    Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8-6 


  • Caribbean Colors Art Gallery
    Front St.
    501-206-0206 or 877-809-1659
    Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8-5 
  • Cooper’s Art Gallery
    Front St.
    Hours: Mon. Noon-6, Tue.-Sat. 10-8 


  • Corozal Art Gallery
    Reyes Plaza, 4th Ave. and 3rd St. N.
    Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 am “until” or by appointment 


  • Garinagu Crafts and Art Gallery
    46 Oak St. at Tubroose St.
    Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30-6 
  • Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery
    3 Aranda Crescent at Gallery St.
    Hours: 9-5 Tue.-Sat. (usually closing at Noon-2 for lunch); Sun. 9-Noon 


  • Maya Center Women’s Cooperative Crafts Store
    Maya Center Village, Southern Highway 


  • Art ‘n Soul
    South end of the Sidewalk, Placencia village
    Hours: Daily 9-6 
  • Spectarte
    Maya Beach, opposite Green Parrot
    Hours: Thu.-Tue. 10-6 


  • Fajina Craft Center
    Front St.
    Hours: Usually open mornings of market days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) 
  • Maya Bags
    Workshop at Airport Rd. near Tropic Air office at PG airstrip 


  • Orange Gifts
    Mile 60, Western Hwy.
  • Garcia Sisters Tanah Maya Art Museum
    Cristo Rey Rd., San Antonio, Cayo
    Hours: Daily 7-7 
  • SakTunich
    Cristo Rey Rd., San Antonio, Cayo
    Hours: Daily 6-6 


  • Belizean Arts
    Barrier Reef Drive at Fido’s
    Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-6 
  • Artesano
    Buccaneer St.
  • Emmanuel Gallery
    Coconut Dr., inside SunBreeze Hotel
    Hours: By appointment 

In addition to these galleries, gift shops at some Belize hotels and lodges sell Belize crafts and a limited amount of art. Among notable hotel gift shops with art and crafts are these: 

Blancaneaux Lodge, Mountain Pine Ridge 

CahalPech Hotel, CahalPech, San Ignacio – tourism trinkets only. 

Cheers Restaurant Mile 36 Western Highway – only tourism trinkets now. 

Hamanasi, Hopkins 

Jaguar Reef, Hopkins 

Ka’ana Resort, Western Hwy., San Ignacio 


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