For nearly twenty years, the Biennial has given the region a shared forum, bringing together artists and works from the different contexts, promoting a territory of ongoing negotiation between institutions and artistic practices and providing a highly visible showcase for art from Central America.

The Central American Biennial was established in 1998 as an itinerant exhibition. Promoted by a group of professionals and entrepreneurs from the region, in its nine previous editions, the Biennial followed a model in which each edition was held in one of the Central American capitals, and brought together works by six artists from each one of the countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.