Galería Contempo has just announced a reception cocktail for renowned Puerto Vallarta artist Lencho, to take place Friday, November 29, coinciding with the neighborhood’s second South Side Shuffle.

“Lencho” – a.k.a. renowed Puerto Vallarta artist Lee Chapman – transforms the everyday things he sees into witty folkloric images with a dreamlike quality. As a former TV commercial director in Hollywood, California, Lee designed sets and special effects as well as directing and producing. And Ronald McDonald turned out to be his favorite client!

“What I most love about living in Mexico is that when I’m walking down the street, it still feels full of wonder and surprises some two decades later. I can be driving along, and suddenly come across a circus in the middle of nowhere, or hundreds of people enjoying a swimming hole formed by our tropical rains just the night before. There’s a heart warming cheerful feeling about this country, a way of being that could never happen in the States.”

Lee and his wife, Nancy, (with their two L.A. dogs) moved to Mexico City in 1992, to direct commercials en español. During this time, he had a show at the Museum of Natural History sponsored by the Mexico City Department of Culture. He moved to Vallarta in 1995 (now with three dogs) to become a full time-painter.

This past summer proved exceptionally fruitful, Lencho once again completely absorbed in painting after closing his popular Puerco Azul/Blue Pig gallery and store. “I found the retail business far too distracting, because when I do a painting I live in it. Much like tango dancers who enter a state of flow, once I get my vision, style and color palette for a piece, my intuition takes over and I enter that transcendent space so conducive to originality.”

Lencho’s upcoming Galeria Contempo show offers a fresh new take on his humorous worldview. The animals he loves – his dogs Pinto and Rudy Rojo among them – move from center stage to backdrop lush tropical landscapes. And we are introduced to some bold feisty characters, a ‘typical’ Vallarta tourist and a flashily dressed con man among them. 

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