Maria and Richard Lott had a plan when they first left Jalisco with a trailer full of are in tow. They were going to make their way to the U.S. and set up shop somewhere along the West Coast, maybe the Bay Area or Seattle, or perhaps they’d keep going and try out Canada.
They only planned on being in Cabo for a few days, but that was long enough to fall in love with the city and decide to stay. How many of us can relate to that? Their trailer full of art is now their Naked Art store, located next to Cabo Cantina and the Caboholics store downtown Cabo.
When you see a sign saying “Naked Art”, you’re likely expecting (and, let’s be honest, probably hoping), to see a lot of naked ladies hanging from the walls. Or at least some tasteful nudes, right? Well, we hate to disappoint, but you’ll find none of that at Naked Art.
“Naked doesn’t just mean nudity, it means a lot of things,” explains Maria. “Naked means (the artists) put in their heart and soul… It’s naked to me because it transmits emotion.”
So if it’s not T&A, what will you find at Naked Art? Decorative items like large, sandblasted glass wall hangings featuring colorful abstract prints or koi fish, groupings of tall vases, colorful glassware and punched metal lights in the shapes of stars and trees. This isn’t your typical Cabo trinket shop; these items are way nicer, but still affordable. Prices range from $3 for small glass figurines to $3,500 for one of the larger glass pieces.
Most of the art was found by Maria in Guadalajara and is made by several families there that desperately need the money, she says. A woman in a wheelchair made the large mosaic vases at the entrance of the store. All of the large metal wall hangings of animals and fairies are made by a guy who lives with his wife and four children in a tiny home that’s smaller than the Naked Art store.
And a 19 year old kid does all of the green olive paintings you’ll see at the store. No, we’re not talking about still life food portraits. These olives like to party, go to the beach, knock back a few drinks - basically everything people come to Cabo to do.
The olive paintings look dangerously similar to the paintings of American artist Michael Godard... As in, the only noticeable difference is the paintings at Naked Art don’t have his signature on them. Maria says she had no idea the paintings were knock offs until a customer mentioned it.
Normally we’d mention something about copyright laws here, but if you can get a painting for $150 instead of the thousands some of Godard’s originals go for and help a young Mexican artist who’s just getting started, well then, what’s the harm? We won’t call it a knock off if you buy and we are invited to your home. We will say, “Wow, you spent a fortune on that olive are by a very famous artist!”
In case you need any more motivation for visiting Naked Art, Maria offers a 25% discount to all locals. And no, there’s no proof of residency required. Maria says she’s very trusting, so if you want to lie and say you live here when you don’t, well, that’s on your conscience. You just bought a knock off, so obviously you have no conscience. She also offers a discount for tourists that she says is roughly equal to what the cost of flying an extra bag home would be.
And remember; don’t go expecting any naked art. Unless you count the painting of an olive sunbathing on the beach. These olives are hysterical, and most bar oriented. They would look great in your wet bar at home.