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 paintings
which radiate color, joy and light.
Manuel Lepe was the pioneer of
the "naif" painting of Puerto Vallarta. His reputation as a painter extends beyond
Mexico to the United States and Europe. Manuel was declared a "National Painter of
Mexico" by the Mexican President Luis Echeverria.
His name is in the "naif" Painters
Directory of France. Manuel is also an honorary citizen of the State of Texas. These are just a
few of the many awards and recognitions that he
received. Of the many exhibits he had,
the one he was most proud of was his exhibition in the
Sciences and Industries Museum of Los Angeles where he still holds the
record for the most visitors, of more than a millon persons. The same year
that he died, the UNICEF bought the rights to his
painting "The Christmas Tree" for their Christmas cards.
His painting of
little angels, children and of Vallarta scenes are found all over the word
in the homes of presidents, and famous art collectors. Elizabeth II, the
Queen of England has one of Lepe's
paintings in the Royal News Museum Windsor Castle. Also celebritties
such as Kurt Waldheim, Elizabeth Taylor, Willi Brandt, Ronald Reagan, John Houston, Peter
O'Toole, Lola Beltr�n, and John Travolta among others, all feel what John
Houston said "Manuel Lepe makes pantings to bring joy to the hearts of children in all
painted over 500 ppaintings. His family has only
about 20 paintings and some of them are sold
exclusive at the MUSEO GALERIA MANUEL LEPE run by his daughter Marcella Lepe.
Col. Emiliano Zapata
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco,