Visions Art Center
Opened December 2020 in Liberia, Costa Rica
Encompassing an on-site art gallery, open-air art exhibits, art studio rentals, art classes, and accommodation for artists, art students and art lovers, Visions Art Center is Liberia’s newest addition to Costa Rica’s vibrant art scene.
On Route 21 just 10 minutes from both Liberia International Airport (LIR) and downtown Liberia, our art center is a convenient stopping place or starting point as you travel to or from Pacific Ocean beaches, volcanoes, hot springs or the many other attractions of Guanacaste, Costa Rica’s dry northwest province.
We (owners Francisco Castro Lostalo and Tony Magee) previously operated Visions Gallery in Toronto, Canada. Here in Liberia, we've worked to create a welcoming and inspiring environment where artists, art lovers and creative people of all types can discover artists and their artwork, meet other artists, create your own original art, or simply relax and enjoy yourselves in comfort and pleasant surroundings.
A highlight of our venture is our art gallery with its unique painting and sculpture garden settings in addition to a more traditional indoor gallery space.
Our distinctive collection includes one-of-a-kind original sculptures as well as vibrant paintings that are suitable for hanging either indoors or outdoors. In addition to the diverse work of Francisco, our resident artist, we feature paintings and sculptures by many other Costa Rican and international artists.
Born and raised in Costa Rica, Francisco is also a Canadian citizen. He works in a wide range of styles, creating colourful paintings in acrylic, acrylic and resin, watercolor and mixed media, as well as sculptures in stone, wood, ceramic, fiberglass and bronze. His acrylic and resin paintings are filled with bold colour, texture and movement, and his images of underwater sea life are especially captivating.
Francisco has a long list of artistic credits, including as organizer of Costa Rica's first international stone sculpture symposiums, and as Canada's representative in the World Youth Forum's 2018 sculpture symposium "Reviving Humanity" in Egypt. His public sculptures can be found there and in Chile as well as Costa Rica. His artwork is also held in private collections in Costa Rica, across Canada and the United States, and in the Caribbean, Argentina, Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.