Puerto Vallarta Street Art

April 29, 2018
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Puerto Vallarta street art: mother and child

The street art of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

When I vacationed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, I was delighted to discover an amazing selection of street art. I wrote about the pieces I came across in the 5 de Diciembre neighbourhood in my post Puerto Vallarta Street Art: Exploring 5 de Diciembre. Murals cover the buildings around the Cuale Cultural Center on Isla Cuale. I highlighted those in my post Isla Cuale: Island Oasis in Puerto Vallarta. But there was still more street art to be found throughout Puerto Vallarta.

Note: the mural at the top of the post is a self-portrait by Ana Pacheco.

Puerto Vallarta street art: an eclectic collection of graffiti-like swirls on a building in the Romantic Zone

This eclectic graffiti-like piece is on the corner of Calle Francisco I. Madero and Pino Suárez in the Romantic Zone

Puerto Vallarta street art:black and white circular motifs

Also on Pina Suarez in the Romantic Zone

Puerto Vallarta street art: three black and white indigenous-themed pieces: an elder, a hand holding a cob of corn and a half-circular design

These three pieces were side by side on a long partial wall at 487 Hidalgo in El Centro

Puerto Vallarta street art: woman with outstretched folded hands, part of Restore Coral Mural project

The painting of the woman on a building at the corner of Juárez and Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez is by Eva Bracamontes and is part of the Restore Coral Mural Project

In my post of street art in Puerto Vallarta’s 5 de Diciembre neighbourhood, I highlighted pieces that were part of the Restore Coral Mural Project. Restore Coral is an organization working for the restoration of reef systems in Mexico. The Mural Project raises awareness through urban art. Restore Coral murals can be found throughout Puerto Vallarta and other places in Mexico.

Puerto Vallart street art: puffy, kneeling sea creature

Dherzu Uzala’s contribution to the #RestoreCoral project on Iturbide near Calle Hidalgo

Puerto Vallart street art: two human heads and two sad fish submerged in a geometric sea of turquoise and blue

Liz Rashell’s Restore Coral Mural Project contribution, which you can find on Calle Aldama at Hidalgo

More Restore Coral murals can be found at the east end of Lazaro Cadenas Park in the Romantic Zone.

Puerto Vallarta street art: human face with serious expression wearing gold crown and being choked by purple octopus arms

Restore Coral mural by Serge in Lazaro Cadenas Park

Puerto Vallarta street art: large brown fish trapped in white plastic in the middle of a large turquoise see with reefs

Mural in Lazaro Cadenas Park

I discovered more Restore Coral murals as well as some other murals in the parking lot behind the Food Park at Francisco Medina Ascencio 2540.

Puerto Vallarta street art: stylized picture of the sea with geometric shapes and octopus with arms reaching through the painting

Restore Coral mural in Food Park parking lot

Puerto Vallarta street art: stylized angry fish

Restore Coral mural in Food Park parking lot

Puerto Vallarta street art: blue whale inside several colourful concentric circles

Another Restore Coral mural in the Food Park parking lot

Puerto Vallarta street art: two ladies sketched in black and blue colours

Another piece in the Food Park parking lot

Puerto Vallarta street art: divided face of man/woman

Also in the Food Park parking lot

Mural by Adrian Takano of a boy holding paint brushes and coming out of a frame

Piece by Adrian Takano in the studio space at Art VallARTa

I first learned of Adrian Takano at an art exhibition at Art VallARTa, where he had some paintings for sale and where his mural of a boy with paint brushes is on the wall of one of the studio areas. Adrian Takano is a self-taught artist originally from Mexico City now living in Puerto Vallarta. I had the opportunity to watch him put the finishing touches on a mural in the playground of a children’s shelter. I captured a few seconds of that in the following video.

The piece in the above video is in private courtyard and therefore not accessible to the general public. However, there are several other pieces of Takano’s work on the streets of Puerto Vallarta. (He also has murals in other parts of Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia.)

Puerto Vallarta street art: two children squatting around a doorway

Mural by Takano Abasolo 238 in el Centro

Puerto Vallarta street art: two murals in black and white, one of an angry boy shouting, one of a boy with hand to ear to listen

Murals by Takano at Lázaro Cárdenas 240 in the Romantic Zone

Adrian Takano also has a mural on a wall inside craft brewery Monzon Brewery Co.

Puerto Vallarta is full of vibrant street art. Like street art everywhere it ever changes as new pieces are created and old ones fade or are painted over.

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Puerto Vallarta Street Art: the amazing street art in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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    Ken Dowell
    April 29, 2018 at 8:29 am

    I’m a big fan of street art so I’ve been enjoying these posts. Suspect I’d get hit by a car if I was walking around Puerto Vallarta because the art on the walls would have my full attention.

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      Donna Janke
      May 6, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Ken, I did run into the middle of the street several times to get a better view of the art, but I checked for traffic first.

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    Sue Reddel
    April 30, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    The street art in Puerto Vallarta is so beautiful and plentiful. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos with us.

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      Donna Janke
      May 6, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Sue, I really enjoyed the street art in Puerto Vallarta and am delighted to share it.

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    May 1, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Love all the street art in PV. Since we will be there next year, I will make it a point to select my top 10 and feature them in a post, too!

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      Donna Janke
      May 6, 2018 at 7:56 am

      Carol, there may some wonderful new pieces as well next year. I look forward to seeing your top 10.

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    Lyn (aka) The Travelling Lindfields
    May 2, 2018 at 5:32 am

    I love street art. I don’t recall seeing any on our recent trip to Mexico. Next time we will have to include Puerto Vallarta on our itinerary. In the meantime I am pinning this to my street art board.

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      Donna Janke
      May 6, 2018 at 7:57 am

      Lyn, I haven’t been to many other places in Mexico and don’t know about the street art in other places. What I have noticed in general over the last few years is that street art is becoming more prominent and more impressive all over.

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    Doreen Pendgracs
    May 2, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I never get tired of looking at street art, Donna. Thx for sharing more from Puerto Vallarta. Definitely one of my favourite destinations.

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      Donna Janke
      May 6, 2018 at 7:59 am

      Doreen, Puerto Vallarta certainly has a lot going for it as a tourist destination.

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    Marilyn Jones
    May 4, 2018 at 10:48 am

    What an art treasure trove Puerto Vallarta is! I am always amazed by the talent these artists possess! Thank you for sharing more of this city’s art offerings!

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      Donna Janke
      May 6, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Marilyn, I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I too am amazed at the talent.

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    alison abbott
    May 7, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Incredible collection of street art in Puerto Vallarta. It must really brighten up the neighborhoods! I love to walk in cities to get a feel for the destination and can see this would be a spot I would really enjoy.

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      Donna Janke
      May 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Alison, it does indeed brighten up the neighbourhoods.

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    September 20, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Falta el reconocimiento de Ana Pacheco quien pintó su auto retrato con mi hijo en brazos en un mural y que aparece en la portada de esta página. Saludos

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      Donna Janke
      September 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm


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