Galleria Dante is recognized as Vallarta’s largest fine art gallery and sculpture garden.
A little history from the owners:
"We find it hard to believe that it has been 20 years. Our first endeavor was a small Italian trattoria called “Pizza Joe”. It was funded by securing a loan on the only possession left in Michigan: a seven year old DeLorean. In a few short weeks we were able to buy our pizza oven, build our work table, scrub the floors with a tooth brush, and watch over our three year old daughter sleeping in the corner. We were lucky that the third day we opened we had line ups, which was surprising as we had not advertised. Much of the success was due to the recommendation of locals and tourists. But our biggest supporters back then were the Alaska Airlines employees, who also celebrated 20 years of flying to Vallarta this past November. The flight attendants and pilots found us our first day in business and over the next 2 years even announced over the in-flight intercom that their favorite restaurant in PV was “Pizza Joe”.
So you may ask how we got into the gallery business. We decorated our little restaurant with art that we had collected from Italy and Greece. It was because of the interest in our art collection that we felt we could successfully open an art gallery. We started with the sale of classical European and pre-Columbian reproductions, as well as a few local sculptors. After being a sculpture gallery for many years, we slowly started to add painters.
We have been fortunate to work with many talented artists, so the gallery continues to expand, and paintings and sculptures now equally divide the space. We are grateful to our friends, clients and artists who helped us to make the gallery what it is today."
-Joe and Claire Guarniere-