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HECTOR DIONICIO MENDOZA: Buscando Futuro / Looking For A Future Exhibition Walkthrough

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Saturday, 10 February 2024
Opening: 
Saturday, 10 February 2024 - 2:00pm

HECTOR DIONICIO MENDOZA: Buscando Futuro / Looking For A Future exhibition walkthrough on Saturday, February 10, at 2pm PST.

Hector Dionicio Mendoza’s work materializes oral histories, ancient wisdom, familial parables, and personal and communal experiences to engage the many myths and realities of migration. Combining an array of sculptural forms and materials—including assemblage, cast, and hand-sculpted techniques, along with found, salvaged and industrial materials, his works are informed and guided by his own personal experiences and the realities and politics of the U.S./Mexico border. Fluctuating between abstraction and figuration, it ignites our consciousness with narratives that embrace magical realism and Latinx/e futurism while exploring themes of migration and the environment, spirituality, as well as the geographies of place, memory, identity, and the visualization of immigrant stories that expand upon a new latinidad.

Artist ( Description ): 

Hector Dionicio Mendoza (b.1969, Uruapan, Michoacan, MX) lives in Salinas, CA, and holds an MFA in Studio Art from the Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT and a BFA from California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.

Mendoza is an artist, curator, and educator based in the agricultural community of the Salinas Valley in California. He is the recipient of the 2022 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Grant, and his work was a highlight in the California Biennial 2022 at the Orange County Museum of Art. Other awards include the Fleishhacker Foundation’s Eureka Fellowship (2004), Kunst Now (2005) in Berlin, and Eco-Conciente (2007) in Mexico City. He has participated in artist-in-residence programs and exhibitions in Europe, including a six- month residency at KunstFutur in Switzerland (2000), The Bossard Project in Berlin (2001), Casa Santos in Barcelona (2002), and The Putney Arts Center in London (2003). Mendoza was awarded the prestigious Lucas Artist Residency (2015) at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA. In 2021, working together with the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Department of Latinx Studies, Mendoza helped to create and fund the inaugural Mariposa Prize, named after his work “Mariposa/Butterfly,” which entered the museum’s collection the same year. He has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Mexico, and is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Installation in the Visual and Public Art Department at California State University Monterey Bay. Mendoza’s work resides in prominent collections, including Mt. Holyoke Museum of Art, MA; The Bunker/Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Palm Beach, FL; The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; and OZ Art NWA, Bentonville, AR, among others.

Telephone: 
213-395-0762
Venue ( Address ): 

1110 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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