|Puerto Vallarta has lost one of its most respected and talented residents. Celebrated sculptor, Jose Ramiz Barquet, passed away earlier this month due to heart failure, but his legacy lives on through his many sculptures in public spaces throughout town that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Nostalgia is a testimony of the Puerto Vallarta love story between the sculptor Ramiz Barquet and his wife Nelly. Here a love was born that survived time and events, growing into a passionate reality.
Other notable works by Ramiz Barquet include:
El Pescador 1996
Located at the triangle formed by the meeting of three streets (Libertad, Agustín Ramírez, and Insurgentes), this sculpture depicts an image from Vallarta’s past: a bare-footed fisherman, his pants rolled up, with the day’s catch slung over his shoulders. Sculptor Ramiz Barquet called the fisherman Isidro.
Tiburón en Espiral 1996
Barquet sculpted this piece in honor of the shark itself, which he sees as one of the most physically perfect and efficient creatures on earth. He named it Casper after one of his friends, Gaspar Elizondo. The sculpture is located where Púlpito Street meets Los Muertos beach.
Rincón del Junglar 1999
This piece depicts a minstrel playing a flute. Located where Galeana Street meets Hidalgo Street, the sculpture is surrounded by a public sitting area.
Un Niño, Un Libro, Un Futuro (“A Boy, A Book, A Future”) 2000
Located outside Los Mangos Library on Francisco Villa Street, this sculpture of a boy sitting and reading a book recognizes the importance of both education and the role Los Mangoes Library plays in the community.
Patron Saint of Cooks 2008
Located on the Malecón extension near Vitea Ocean Front Bistro, this sculpture of Saint Paschal Baylon, the patron saint of cooks, honors chefs from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and abroad.
An article published by AmbitoPV.com, describes the memorial service held in the sculptor’s honor:
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