Petrus Gallery’s visionary owner/director Sylvia Villafañe detected a niche in Puerto Rico’s contemporary art market and in 1997 decided to open Petrus in a small locale in Puerto Nuevo, one of San Juan busiest districts. Due to its immediate success the gallery was relocated to a building catering to its specific needs in a strategic cross road between Miramar Historic District and the center of avant garde art in San Juan, Santurce.
Villafañe is a key player in the marketing, exposure and further development of local plastic artists. She has proved them to be not only excellent artists but also cement the fact that their work is a good investment.
The gallery’s roaster include such legendary masters as Antonio Martorell, Luis Hernandez Cruz, Jaime Carrero, Julio Suarez, Elizam Escobar, Marta Perez, Carlos Davila Rinaldi, among others. In collaboration with some of the most prestigious galleries in the world (Marlborough Gallery for example), Petrus has created alliances that have given the local public the opportunity to be exposed to internationally renowned artists such as Lilliana Porter, Tom Otterness, Manolo Valdes among others.
Petrus mission is to create curatorial projects of great magnitude in order to place in context the content and history of the Puerto Rican art.