January 16, 2008

Puerto Vallarta Arts: A Quick View

Above: Beaded Huichol-inspired Jaguar.

Puerto Vallarta is home to one of the most dynamic and fastest growing arts scenes in Mexico. With over 30 art galleries displaying works by local, national and international artists – from native indigenous Huichol art and traditional Mexican silverware, glasswork and pottery to folk art, contemporary paintings and sculptures - the local arts scene has been revitalized by a cosmopolitan group of resident artists that have decided to call Puerto Vallarta home.

There was an art walk that I missed out on which fell on a Thursday, and I believe these walks are held year-round. Similar to the First Friday gallery openings of Philly and other major cities, it is an integral part of the town's local social scene. Pressed for time, I don't feel like I caught enough of the more modern art on my trip to Puerto Vallerta. Although this is not what I'm necessarily looking for-- as great food, photographs, sight seeing, relaxation and time spent with the people I'm with, to me, usually comes first. But I only spent 2 full days downtown, and one of the days was spent shopping and sightseeing rather than taking a real crawl digging for native arts and culture. There was a contemporary art museum in the center of downtown, however when we got to it, it was for some unknown reason closed, contrary to what the hours would indicate. Instead we found a good taste of the traditional art found at the many shops and vendor stands: woven Indian tapestries, Huichol style statues, dia de los muertos(day of the dead) handicrafts, and prints of the celebrated Frida Kahlo. Although not from PV, Frida memorabilia is common throughout all of Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta’s love of art is also evident in the town’s impressive collection of public art that lines the town’s seaside promenade. Some of the beautiful and eclectic pieces found around Puerto Vallarta’s historic quarters include works by well reputed local artist Ramiz Barquet, as well as from other highly valued artists from the state of Jalisco, including Sergio Bustamante, Alejandro Colunga, and Adrian Reynoso. One of my favorites was a public sculpture by Sergio Bustamante entitled In Search of Reason, which was two fairytale-like kids climbing up a 30 foot ladder and their mother yelling for them to come back down. Sergio Bustamante

There was graffiti in Puerto Vallarta, mostly on the outskirts where I would be riding my ATV through sidestreets. There were a few peices and very little throwups, but mostly tags that were inferior by U.S. and European standards.Handstyles in PV.

One of the more noticeable artists did pretty stylistic characters throughout the city, although I am not quite positive if this person was actually from PV or just a visitor. From what I saw they were done with spraypaint, but I'm pretty positive that most, if not all, were legal murals. He did real colorful childlike characters that were real poppy, and I have no idea who this person was but some people whom I showed these photos to say it may be the work of the guy behind Jeremyville.


Legal Murals by some Unknown Street Artist.

All in all it was a great time in PV, most of it spent on the beach, but a small portion of it spent peeking into the enjoyable arts the city had to offer. *posted by Jaguarman

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I love it that you used my photograph of a Huichol-inspired Jaguar but please credit my photo as per the Creative Commons license agreement, ya know?

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