My Story - Puerto Vallarta Street Art
Misael Paints Street Art and Murals can be found all over Puerto Vallarta Mexico. The founder Misael Lopez has helped to build a collaborative community around the Puerto Vallarta mural scene alongside other local artists. Thus pvstreetart.com was also born. PVStreetArt is a site dedicated to locating, documenting and creating murals in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding areas.
Misael Ivan Lopez is a Mexican street artist born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in 1987. In 1990 his parents immigrated to the Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA. When he was at the age of 4, he discovered his passion for painting while attending preschool, he was drawn from an early age to color, creativity and outside of the box thinking. Misael grew up American by all accounts with his brothers, three of whom were born there and are US citizens. Unfortunately, as is the case with too many young people he had disruptive teen years, leaving home at 15 to live on the streets. He spiraled into a life of drugs and fed his creative urges in the graffiti scene.
When everything seem to fail, his blossoming talent was finally recognized. During 2007, he received a grant for upcoming immigrant artists called ‘Espino’s’ from Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis. This recognition and encouragement changed his perspective on what his possibilities were in the art world, and for his future potential. While in the midst of attempting to turn his life around, getting off the street and taking his art/ life seriously, he was deported back to Mexico in 2010. Deportation to an essentially unknown country is devastating to many immigrant children who have been raised in the US, Misael used this as a moment to reconnect with his roots. Nuevo Laredo, where he was sent, is an exceptionally dangerous place .
To conclude, someone recommended Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco as an up and coming art scene. There Misael found not only a home, aand community, but solidified his personal style. The vibrant color of coastal Mexico and it’s culture rich in storytelling blended with Misael´s fascination for exploring psychedelic color schemes.
With his incredible street art, the city of Puerto Vallarta has become a more beautiful city to visit. If you’re in the area be sure to check out some of the many public art pieces they’ve created together. Come follow Misael on Facebook and Instagram.