La Boca ’s artist-in-residence, Benito Quinquela Martín (1890–1977), was an orphan who became a son of his barrio, living and painting in the building that’s now an homage to his life and work promoting the community. His well-lighted studio displays his oils of working-class life (Quinquela himself labored as a stevedore before devoting himself to painting).
There is also a collection of brightly painted bowsprits reflecting the barrio’s maritime orientation, and a selection of works by notable Argentine painters, including Antonio Berni, Raquel Forner, Eduardo Sívori, and Lino Spilimbergo.
The Museo de Bellas Artes de la Boca Benito Quinquela Martín (Pedro de Mendoza 1835, tel. 011/4301-1080, US$0.80) is open 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday.