Chris A. Mendoza
Born 1972 – Managua, Nicaragua
Currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Chris Mendoza is a New York City based artist from Nicaragua whose work draws from the experiences of his native country and the influences of New York City and Miami. Mendoza’s style bridges the modern, primitive, and organic. He draws strongly on the nature and folklore of his homeland, while interpreting the density and chaos of daily urban life.
In the 1980’s his family moved to the Bronx, where Mendoza began to develop a style that combining architectural draftsmanship he learned from his father with the new inspirations of letters, faces, and forms that then covered the subways of New York City. At a young age, he learned drafting and about architecture from his father. This inspiration brought Mendoza to the study of Mayan, Central and Native American Cultures, hieroglyphs, petroglyphs, calligraphies, and alphabets from both ancient and modern cultures, which also inform his work. With great dedication he continued his study of world alphabets, color, light energy and movement, working in a range of styles that culminate all the influences of his early development.
His paintings are grounded with descriptive line work that creates a sense of movement and energy. A visual manifestation of the sonic combinations found in early Hip-Hop mix tapes and performances emanate from his surfaces. Interchangeability between the sense of visual and audio is an artistic subject that has been pursued universally and historically, and Mendoza’s practice can also be positioned in that context. It is something that goes beyond an ordinary world that an individual perceives through the five senses, instead, it enables an individual to access the supernatural / mythological world through so-called collective unconsciousness. Science-fictional elements that can often be seen in Mendoza’s works function as motives to emerge such a mythological world from the mixture of ancient culture and urban life experience that are his resources of inspiration.
My paintings are grounded with non-narrative descriptive and/or iconographic line work that creates a sense of movement, energy and abstract stories. Much of my symbolic information is a visual manifestation of the sonic combinations found in early Hip-Hop mix tapes, the noise of the city, its broken symphony and musical performances I attend. Music plays a vital role in my creative process. To me, drawing is a blue print for all things to be able to exist. This is the way I have a dialogue with myself; a way to write down plans and ideas that come to me in the daily act of living. By drawing, visualizing and composing abstract concepts in my mind, and on paper I am reminded of my daily habits, a common thread of the human condition. Time Changes and Every Second Becomes An Indelible Light Mechanism.
Mendoza has been commissioned by Altoids (Brooklyn & Miami), Crispin, Porter + Bogusky for Kaiser Family Foundation (VH1), Deutsch LA, Ray-Ban (benefiting ONE SIGHT), Timberland (benefiting The National MS Society), The Creek South Beach Hotel, and is in collections such as Soho House, Nissan ,Escada us, SSTV Network, Altoids, NextidEvolution, Truth & Soul Records, NBC Universal.Express, Scion, X-large japan, Beams , Overthinking , Mendoza's work has appeared in media such as V Magazine (Visionaire), Interview, STYLE and the Family Tunes, Berlin, NewYork1,, The Phillips Collection , New York University A/P/A Institute ,Juxtapoz Magazine, World literature Today, The Daily News , The Miami Herald , RES Magazine, Educated Community, Tokion , Warp Magazine, Relax Magazine , Penguin Group , Bijutsu Techo, Eleven Spring by Wooster Collective.
Mendoza has been in exhibitions at Joshua Liner Gallery ,NewYork;Museo deArte, San Juan; White Box Gallery, NewYork; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem;Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico;Museum of SanDiego; Cindy Rucker Gallery ; Fuse Gallery; Transport Gallery, Los Angeles; Dyezu-Exp Gallery, Tokyo ; Gallery Lombardi,Texas ; Stolen Space Gallery,London ; Shooting Gallery , San Francisco ; Kyoto Zokei University; Calm and punk Gallery ,Japan , Dupont Underground Washington Dc.