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Galería Pacífico celebrates the legacy of the late Ramiz Barquet, considered by many to be the artistic patriarch of Puerto Vallarta, in part because of the eight monumental sculptures he created and donated to this city. The inauguration will take place Wednesday, March 7.

Barquet was born in Mexico City of Lebanese immigrant parents on March 7, 1920, although he died in Vallarta at the age of 90 on July 4, 2010, after suffering a heart attack. On the occasion of what would have been his 92 birthday this March 7, his widow, Nelly Barquet, and Galeria Pacifico will be mounting a memorial exhibit featuring his last creations and many of his perennial favorites, to include small commemorative editions of his famous publicly displayed sculptures.

These include the famous “Nostalgia,” on the Malecón since 1984 near the intersection with Pipila Street; the “Fisherman,” by the public market at the end of the northbound bridge over the Cuale River; San Pascual Bailon in front of Vitea Restaurant on the extension of the Malecon, “Shark in Spiral” at Los Muertos Beach next to Restaurant El Dorado; “Family of Four,” in front of the Peter Gray Museum at the University of the Coast; “A Boy, A Book, A Future,” in front of the Los Mangos Library and “The Seated Family of Four,” in front of Vallarta`s Office of Family Affairs. Barquet also has major public sculptures in Beirut, Lebanon; Mexico City; and the City of Veracruz.

He was the last protégé of the Italian master, Agosto Bozanno, and worked with him on various monumental sculptures throughout Mexico after the master’s immigration to Mexico. His sculptures are in collections throughout the world, including with such notable collectors as Vidal Sassoon and the late owner of the Los Angeles Times newspaper, Otis Chandler.

The exhibit will remain on display at Galería Pacífico (Aldama 174, Centro) through March 20, and more information may be obtained by calling the gallery at (322) 222-1982 or by emailing GaleriaPacifico@gmail.com.

Source: Gary Thompson

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