Manuel Lepe Macedo is the artist with the greatest recognition in Puerto Vallarta through his paintings, considered in the NaÏf style, he was a faithful exponent of regional art and managed to capture in his work the magic and essence of this wonderful beach destination, born in 1936 and died in 1984 his fame as a painter went beyond the borders of Mexico, most of his work is in collections in the U.S. and overseas in Europe. He is the only registered Mexican painter in the NaÏf art directory of France part of his work is in the Royal Museum of England, for this reason Mexico’s President Luis Echeverria named him “The Painter of Mexico.”
The NaÏf term is used to denominate artwork that presents ingenuity in the stroke and spontaneity, the use of bright colors and self-formation of the authors. The simplicity and candor of the vision of Manuel Lepe are followed by another group of painters: his brother Rodrigo Lepe, Ada Colorina, Javier Niño and Gilberto Grimaldo who offer their own impressions of paradise.
In 2008 his work titled “Procession 2” was chosen by the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) to represent Mexico in a series of cards that year.
Manuel Lepe’s art expresses images which escape time, capturing the essence and soul of this city, children whose faces and games continue till this day.
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