The 9.99 began as the 9.99/proyecto (9.99/project) in a space in the Elma Building located in the Historic Center of Guatemala City in July 2008. Of clean modernist lines, this building was designed by the architect Carlos Asensio Wunderlich (1919-2013) in 1950. The Gallery currently operates in the Passarelli Building, an early forties Art Deco style structure, also located in the Historic Center on 5 Avenida 11-16 Zona 1.
The 9.99 is a contemporary art gallery whose primary objective is the promotion and circulation of the art produced in the last ten years in Guatemala. The initiative emerges as a response to the growing interest in international circuits for contemporary Guatemalan art.
The 9.99 works mainly with artists that emerged in the early nineties such as Andrea Aragón, Darío Escobar, Diana de Solares and the Chilean artist Patrick Hamilton, not forgetting longtime artists like Isabel Ruiz who began working in the eighties.
It also shows the work of young creators who began to circulate internationally in the early and mid-2000s, among them, Sandra Monterroso, Esvin Alarcón Lam, tepeu choc and Diego Sagastume, and the Mexican artists Alejandro Almanza Pereda and Edgar Orlaineta, while incorporating emerging artists or artists of interest to the public and local and international collectors.
The 9.99 presents five to six annual exhibitions in its main gallery where individual, collective, and historical exhibitions are held and an equal number of artist projects in the Project Room.