Peñasco’s Rodeo Drive is an amazing place. One of the best things about it is meeting the artisans that create the crafts you’re seeing up and down the street.

One such artisan is Ariel Salazar. Originally from Tijuanna, he migrated to Puerto Peñasco after attending the University Tecnologico in Mexicali where he received a master’s degree in education. Upon arriving, he taught both chemistry and math here in Peñasco.

Ariel’s art career was born out of necessity. When he and his wife Judith moved into a new apartment, he couldn’t find the art he wanted to bring his new abode to life, so he bought a canvas and brushes. Completely self-taught, he did a lot of experimenting and made many mistakes, but it all paid off and a new career was born.

Ariel’s style is unique and appeals to a wide array of tastes. As well as his remarkable brush stroke, you can see his sense of whimsey in much of his art. One such piece is a whale jumping right out of the picture with a diver right below him.

“Pop Art” is also one of his specialties. Bright, colorful, and alive. Any would be a great addition to your home.

Ariel’s art can be seen at Su Casa on Rodeo Drive, as well as in his personal gallery, STREET ART GALLERY, just down the street from Su Casa. Catching him open in his own gallery can be a bit tricky, however. If you ask at Su Casa they can give him a call and he will meet you.

Part of his dream is giving art classes to both children and beginning adults in his gallery. You can contact him for times and prices or then again stop by Su Casa and they’ll contact him for you.

If you haven’t been to Rodeo Drive yet you’ve missed one of Rocky Point’s hidden treasures.  It’s located on the same street as the convention center. Minutes from Sandy Beach. Friendly helpful vendors. Made in Mexico merchandise at great prices. See you on the Drive.