Vanessa Alice, the artist who paints under the name Miss Van, has removed the paintings she created on a ruined house and restored the building to its “original” condition.
The action was taken after Cabildo President invited the artist to a meeting last Monday. Images of the 18th century ruin at Mirador Los Valles were posted on Instagram showing the building, from which the painting of a red-haired carnival figure removed.
Betancort also “condemned all the hateful messages that have been directed at the artist. Not everything goes, and good manners should always come first. We should make complaints without crossing certain borders,” he stated.
The hostility and anti-tourist tone of many of the messages appears to have taken the authorities by surprise and has prompted the artist to comment “We are not welcome here.”
Vanessa Alice apologised one more time, adding “I painted with good intentions, integrating the painting into the rural environment, using colours that already existed in the house, and creating a poetic and harmonious dialogue between past and present,” she said.
She concluded that the episode had increased her desire “to paint in places where people know how to enjoy and value it.”