Art in the Streets of Puerto Vallarta

Most days I don’t leave our condo without my camera because you never know what will catch your eye. One can walk down a street 20 times and see something new every time. This day, we took our friends up the River Cuale for some shopping at the market, which gave me some time to look around the river a little more closely than usual. On one of the walls, just down the steps off the malecon, were these beautiful wall murals. I can’t say I’ve noticed them before yet they look weathered which makes me feel they’ve been there for some time. The dimensions of the murals were about 6 feet by 6 feet, approximately. The sort of bohemian cartoonish feel to them reminded me of Sesame Street in the 70’s. Anyone remember the song of the numbers and the pinball machine? Totally groovy man. Ha.

Wall mural along the River Cuale.

Wall mural along the River Cuale.

Wall mural along the River Cuale.

Wall mural along the River Cuale.

Coming up the east end of the market, we stopped in a cafe for some coffee and a bathroom break. That’s when I spotted this iguana painting which had to be at least 7 feet long. I wonder if the painter choose this spot to work with the crisscross pattern of the ramp above it. The colors are vibrant here which makes me think the painting is pretty recent. This was on the west side of the street as you come off the bridge from Old Town into El Centro.

Wall painting of an iguana.

Wall painting of an iguana.

A few years ago, Darvin and I were walking around up in the back of El Centro and came across this psychedelic painting of magic mushrooms. The colors were vibrant and the scene reminds me of a dream. I like the pose Darvin captured of me in this as well.

Wall mural in the back hills of El Centro.

Wall mural in the back hills of El Centro.

Some days, when I leave the condo, I don’t want to carry a thing other than my ID and just want to be free. But then the thought arises of how one just never knows what they’ll see in their walks about town and that, my friends, is enough for me to grab the camera on my way out the door.

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4 thoughts on “Art in the Streets of Puerto Vallarta

  1. Hola Terry, i was just looking for images of murals in Vallarta and i found this post, i really liked, those murals were done by me, im glad you liked, and the iguana done by my friend Ernesto Garrigós. have you seen another big mural back to the church in the Hidalgo Park? was done by many young artist!, i hope to meet you some day! Cheers!

    • Hola Oscar, you are a very talented artist! And so is Ernesto. No, I have not seen the mural in Hidalgo Park, thanks for letting me know. Next time I’m in Puerto Vallarta I will go see it. Gracias!

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