Thursday, April 17 at 10 am in the Presidencia Square there will be a city-sponsored celebration of the birth of Manuel Lepe, Puerto Vallarta’s most famous artist, beginning, in Vallarta, the “Naif” school of painting.
Other events of the day include at 6pm the Pro-Dance troop of Profra. Deborah Bravo at the Los Arcos Amphitheater and at 8pm the Youth Orchestra of the Cuale Cultural Center led by Prof. Antonio Jerezano.
“Puerto Vallarta is a Paradise”, Manuel Lepe responded, when asked during an interview why he always painted angels in the skies… and why do angels fly in planes? “Because the angels are tired and it is fun”. Manuel Lepe was in love with Vallarta simple, human, charitable, and moreover he never lost the exuberant innocence of childhood. These sentiments are expressed in his ingenuous painting of Puerto Vallarta. His reputation as a painter extends beyond Mexico to the United States and Europe. Manuel was declared “National Painter of Mexico” by a former Mexican President Luis Echeverria.