Tony Mendoza (artist)

Last updated
Tony Mendoza poses with some of his work at the Cuba Nostalgia Exhibit in Miami,FL. Tony Mendoza Artist.jpg
Tony Mendoza poses with some of his work at the Cuba Nostalgia Exhibit in Miami,FL.

Tony Mendoza (August 24, 1961 in Newburgh, New York) is a Cuban-American artist with a studio in Miami, Florida. Mendoza's style is Primitive Expressionist and "Caricaturista," a type of art that is whimsical in nature. Mendoza works mainly with acrylic on canvas. [1]

Contents

Mendoza was born in New York to Cuban-born parents, but raised in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. "Mendoza's simple and colorful paintings uniquely capture the spirit and vibrancy of Miami with a unique style and a great sense of humor." [2] Much of his work centers on the daily life of Little Havana, "the cradle of Cuban culture in Miami." [3]

Mendoza is known for colorful, larger-than-life murals that have become Miami landmarks, "breathing new life into older buildings and creating unique tourist attractions." [4] The murals have been used as a backdrop for TV and print advertising, including a popular television advertisement for the Ford Motor Company. Thousands of tourists have taken photographs in front of one of Mendoza's many murals in Miami. [5]

Mendoza has exhibited his paintings at galleries and shows throughout Florida. His artwork has been featured in the Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Cigar Snob Magazine, Vanidades, Cigar City Magazine, and Selecta Magazine. Mendoza also made an appearance on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series "Postcards from Buster." Mendoza is the winner of the "2007 Arte de América Hispana Competition." [6]

Main works

Select Commissions:

Select Exhibits

Catalogs:

Related Research Articles

Hialeah, Florida City in Florida, United States

Hialeah is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. With the population of 238,942 at the 2018 United States Census, Hialeah is the sixth-largest city in Florida. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,198,782 people at the 2018 census. It is located west-northwest of Miami, and is the only place in the county, other than Homestead, Florida, to have its own street grid numbered separately from the rest of the county.

Freedom Tower (Miami) United States historic place

The Freedom Tower is a building in Miami, Florida, designed by Schultze and Weaver. It is currently used as a contemporary art museum and a central office to different disciplines in the arts associated with Miami Dade College. It is located at 600 Biscayne Boulevard on the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College. On September 10, 1979, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark on October 6, 2008, for its role in hosting services for processing Cubans fleeing to Florida. On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter placed the building on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places as the Freedom Tower / Formerly Miami News and Metropolis Building.

Little Havana Neighborhood of Miami in Miami-Dade, Florida, United States

Little Havana is a neighborhood of Miami, Florida, United States. Home to many Cuban exiles, as well as many immigrants from Central and South America, Little Havana is named after Havana, the capital and largest city in Cuba.

Cuban Americans Ethnic group

Cuban Americans are Americans who trace their ancestry to Cuba. The word may refer to someone born in the U.S. of Cuban descent or to someone who has emigrated to the U.S. from Cuba. Cuban Americans are the third largest Hispanic American group in the United States.

Miami Dade College state college located in Miami, Florida

Miami Dade College is a public college in Miami, Florida. Founded in 1959, it has a total of eight campuses and twenty-one outreach centers throughout Miami-Dade County. It is the largest college in the Florida College System with over 165,000 students and the second-largest college or university in the United States. Miami Dade College enrolls a significantly larger amount of hispanic students each year compared to other colleges and universities in the state of Florida. Miami Dade College has 8 different campuses that make up the college and the first being the North Campus.

Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School is a public high school operated by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, located at 7977 West Twelfth Avenue in Hialeah, Florida, United States, on the boundary with the city of Miami Lakes.

Miami-Dade Public Library System Public library system in Florida

The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is a system of libraries in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States.

Mario Algaze is a Cuban-American photographer.

María Brito is a Cuban-American artist specializing in painting, sculpture and installations.

Luis Vega De Castro is a Cuban artist. Since 1980 he has lived in Miami, Florida, United States. He works in graphic design, painting, drawing and illustration, and has been noted for his work in film posters.

Emilio Falero is a Cuban artist residing in Florida, US, since 1962.

Daniel Pontet is a Uruguayan-born artist working in the US.

Freydoon Rassouli Iranian-American painter

Freydoon Rassouli is an Iranian-Born, American abstract surrealist and visionary artist and author.

Humberto Calzada Cuban-American painter

Humberto Calzada is a Cuban-American artist living in Miami, Florida, since 1960.

José Parlá artist

José Parlá, is a Brooklyn-based contemporary artist whose work has been described as "lying between the boundary of abstraction and calligraphy."

Miami-Dade County, Florida County in Florida, United States

Miami-Dade County is a county in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Florida. According to a 2018 census report, the county had a population of 2,761,581, making it the most populous county in Florida and the seventh-most populous county in the United States. It is also Florida's third largest county in terms of land area, with 1,946 square miles (5,040 km2). The county seat is Miami, the principal city in South Florida.

Carlos Enrique Prado is a contemporary Cuban artist. He has work in different such as sculpture, ceramics, drawing, digital art, performance, installations and interventions. Between 2002 until 2012, he was professor at ISA University of Arts of Cuba, where he was also the head of the sculpture program. He currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. He teaches ceramics and sculpture at University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. He recently completed the Ronald Reagan Equestrian Monument, located at Tropical Park, Miami. This public sculpture was commissioned by Miami-Dade County, Art in Public Places program.

Emilio Hector Rodriguez

Emilio Hector Rodriguez is a Cuban-American artist. His current work is abstract painting and fine art photography. He resides in Miami, Florida, USA.

Margarita Correa Ochoa

Margarita Correa Ochoa Is a Colombian-American artist. She resides in Miami, Florida

José María Mijares is a Cuban contemporary visual artist. He began drawing in his adolescent years and entered the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts on a scholarship at the age of 16. His greatest influences were the artists of the "Havana School": Carlos Enríquez, René Portocarrero, Cundo Bermúdez, as well as his professors, most notable being modernist painter Fidelio Ponce. He was also a part of the influential group, Los Diez Pintores Concretos, or as they are usually referred to, Los Diez. Although the group had a relatively short life, 1959-1961, and exhibited together only a few times, they remain an important part of Cuba's art history especially in the pre-Castro years and leading up to the revolution. He left Cuba in 1968, resigning his teaching position at the academy when Fidel Castro came into power. Based in Miami, he continued to be a prolific painter and until his death in 2004, at the age of 82.

References

Notes
  1. The Miami Herald, February 9, 2005.
  2. "Miami's Master of the Mural," Three Guys From Miami, December 2008.
  3. Worcester Magazine, March 2005.
  4. The Miami Herald, August 24, 2003.
  5. "Miami's Master of the Mural," Three Guys From Miami, December 2008.
  6. Miami New Times, "Beyond Beans and Rice," September 2006.