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The Art of Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Art Talk

Puerto Vallarta is home to a vibrant art scene, perhaps the most lively in all of Mexico. Often referred to as "Mexico's Art Mecca," Vallarta boasts more art galleries than any other coastal destination in Mexico.

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Each gallery specializes in a different genre, showcasing everything from paintings and sculpture to indigenous art, collectible folk art and fine pottery created by both internationally famous and up-and-coming Mexican artists.

During the tourist season, which runs from mid-October through May, frequent Art Walks are scheduled in Old Town and Marina Vallarta that feature some of Vallarta’s many fine galleries and their leading artists.

Not to mention Puerto Vallarta’s picturesque boardwalk, the Malecón, which has become a promenade of monumental sculptures by world-renowned artists such as Ramiz Barquet, Alejandro Colunga, and Sergio Bustamonte.

This overall focus has contributed both to Puerto Vallarta’s reputation as a world class art center, as well as being considered a “work of art” in it’s own right.



A New Season at the Demetro Gallery in Puerto Vallarta

Several years ago, sculptor Jim Demetro and his wife Eva opened an art Gallery at Lazaro Cardenas 169 in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta. In addition to exhibiting many of his own creations, he also showcases work from a number of local artists. Here, he tells us what is happening at the Gallery this season.

Frida Kahlo Self-Portrait Sells for Record $34.9 Million

A self-portrait by world-renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo sold for $34.9 million at a Sotheby's New York auction on Tuesday, marking the highest price ever paid at auction for a work of Latin American art. A Rivera painting had been the previous record-holder for highest auction price for a Latin American artist’s work - $9.8 million in 2018.

Puerto Vallarta Art Walk Every Wednesday Through May 25

Over the years, Puerto Vallarta has become a very important art center, with more galleries than any other Mexican coastal destination. An important contribution to the city’s art scene is the Centro Historico ArtWalk which, this season, kicked off on October 27, 2021 and will be held every Wednesday from 6:00 to 10:00 pm through May 25, 2022.

Christie’s to Auction Rediscovered Work by Diego Rivera

A leading highlight of Christie’s Spring 2022 Latin American Art Sale, set to take place on March 11, 2022, will be Diego Rivera’s rediscovered masterpiece 'La bordadora' (The Embroiderer). Painted in 1928, this exquisite work pays homage to folk and craft based practices and the role of Indigenous women in preserving these enduring traditions.

Puerto Vallarta Malecón Sculpture Walking Tours Resume

The very popular (and FREE!) Malecón Sculpture Walking Tour, created and conducted by Galería Pacifico owner Gary Thompson, will resume November 16 and be held weekly through the middle of April 2022. The tour begins every Tuesday at 9:30 am in front of the 'Millennium' sculpture, next to the Hotel Rosita in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Art & Culture 2 Great Reasons to Visit Puerto Vallarta

When you hear about Puerto Vallarta, the first thing that comes to mind is a tropical vacation. While this popular tourist destination definitely has sparkling waters and luxurious beaches, the most exciting thing about the city may very well be its vibrant art and culture scene.

Expat Making Hand-crafted Quilts in Puerto Vallarta

Usually, when writing these stories, I focus on the local Mexican culture. Although Judi Hamman is American, the skill and techniques she uses to create her quilts match those of Mexican embroiderers and clothing designers. She's lost count of how many she has made.

TREG Vallarta Searching For Reason

Some people claim that 'In Search Of Reason,' the sculpture of the ladder on the Malecon, is artist Sergio Bustamante's tribute to the victims of Alaska 261, the flight that went down between Puerto Vallarta and San Francisco in 2000. We are here to set the record straight.

The Polish Museum of Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is the unexpected home to one of the world's finest post-WWII Polish poster collections. Curated by a Jewish expat from Brooklyn, these graphic design masterworks include pieces by Henryk Tomaszewski, Roman Cieslewicz, Jan Lenica, and Franciszek Starowieyski.

Puerto Vallarta Painting Classes

Painters and would-be artists have a great opportunity in Puerto Vallarta. Internationally famous artist José Baldi will be offering painting workshops at Demetro Galería from February 8-12 and Feb 15-19. Gallery owner Jim Demetro gives us the details.