– Have you ever wondered who created the mural that adornes the Miami-Dade School’s Downtown Building. A few years back the building that is located at Biscayne Blvd and 15th st, blocks from the Arscht Center and the “Big” mural by artist Subi was transformed from a plain facade, to a Wynwood inspired entrance that welcomes you with images of student at work, study and play. So having liked the new feel and style I did a bit of research and the artist to be was Tony Mendoza. Tony characterizes himself as a neo-pop artist. The same as that of Miami-based aritst Romero Britto. Both artist have a decorative approach with bright colors and round contours a signature to their images. So without any further due meet artist Tony Mendoza and his artwork. To purchase some of his work click here for a view of some affordable prints. www.tonymendozaart.com
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.
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.”Much of his work centers on the daily life of Little Havana, “the cradle of Cuban culture in Miami.”
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.”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.
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.”[profile via wikipedia] Pictures via artists website. Check out more of artists work at www.tonymendozaart.com