I don't know how many other people are Rodo Padilla fans but I sure am. He is a Mexican Artist (I thought he was from Puerto Vallarta but I've read some stuff on the internet that suggests that Guadalajara claims him as their own - so anyone who knows for sure I'd be interested to know).
We have always loved his art and have collected many pieces over the years. We have always respectfully referred to them as "Fat Mexicans" but I've seen other posts refer to them as the "chubby guys". They are ceramic figurines in various forms.
The fun that we've discovered is that on our last trip to Playa Del Carmen in November we found a "Fat Cory". Cory is our oldest son and has played football his entire life since he was six years old. He always wore the number 12 and almost always played for a team whose colours were blue. Well wouldn't you know it, we found a "Fat Mexican" that is a football player, with the number 12, with a blue jersey. We couldn't even believe it! What luck!!
So this trip we went into the Michael Gallery that always carries Rodo Padilla's (the main one in the Golden Zone - the other one further north closer to PB Maz doesn't carry them nor does the one on the side street by Panama) and we found a man and a woman tanning on loungers - perfect for my husband and I as we spend A LOT of time tanning! We negotiated for the best deal we could get at Michael's but still thought it was too high.
While luncheoning later in the week at Pancho's though, we found that Pancho is carrying a huge selection of Rodo Padilla"s for GREAT prices! He didn't have the two pieces we wanted but said he would get them in by Friday afternoon before our departure. We went back and bought them and now we have a "Fat Laura" and "Fat Philly" to match our "Fat Cory". Perfect! Now we just have to find one for our youngest son Nikko. I went online and they do have one that is jet skiing and I did fork out a significant fortune for our son to jet ski this trip so that may be the one!
Anyways, if you like Rodo Padilla - look at Pancho's for great prices.