Ryan Mendoza

Ryan Mendoza was born in 1971 in New York City. His work moves between realism and expressionism in the constant retrieval of historical references and depicts scenes that traverse intimate dreads and reveal humanity’s hidden obsessions. Ryan Mendoza lives and works between Berlin and Naples.

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Ryan Mendoza

born 1971, New York

lives and works between Naples and Berlin

www.ryan-mendoza.com

Ryan Mendoza is one of the protagonists of a renewed interest in painting. His work moves between realism and expressionism in the constant retrieval of historical references, which comprise Lucian Freud, Chuck Close and Alex Katz. In painting he combines distant models with original aesthetic stimuli drawn from everyday experiences. He depicts scenes that traverse intimate dreads and reveal humanity’s hidden obsessions.
(text by Anna Lupa de Simone, from the catalogue for the exhibition The Possesed at Madre, Museo D´Arte Contemporanea DonnaRegina, Naples in 2010)

Ryan Mendoza studied painting at the Parsons School of Art and Design in New York and Paris, and began to travel, moving between Munich, Berlin, Paris and Rome. He now lives and works in Naples and Berlin.

Selected exhibitions

2016
Unforgotten, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Belgium
Detroit Home, Art Rotterdam 2016, Rotterdam
Georg Baselitz, Ryan Mendoza, WeGallery, Berlin, Germany
Ryan Mendoza Retrospective, Mudima Fondazione, Milan, Italy2015

2015
Welcome to America, MacS-Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicily, Italy

2014
Everything and nothing, Livingstone gallery, The Hague

2013
Chromophobia, ABC, Bologna, Italy
Paul P., Ryan Mendoza, Roger Ballen, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy
Les Aventures de la Vérité, Peinture et Philosophie, Fondation Maeght, curated by Bernard Henri-Lévy

2012
I promise, Livingstone gallery
VOLTA NY, New York (Livingstone gallery)

2011
Ryan Mendoza Selected Works, Galerie Klüser 2, Munich, Germany

2010
The Possessed, Madre, Museo D´Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples
FRIEZE Art Fair, Londen (Galleria Massimo Minini)

2009
Chocolate Crocodile, Galerie Lelong, Paris

2008
Candyland revisited, Livingstone gallery, The Hague

2007
Don´t Look at Me, Galerie Lelong, Paris

2005
Turning Off The Lights, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague

2004
Fear in a Time of Superheroes, Galleria Massimo Minini, Spazio Maria Calderara, Milan
Ryan Mendoza, Galerie Klüser 2, Munich
Join Now for Instant Access, White Cube, London

2001
Ryan Mendoza, Overbeck Gesellschaft, Lübeck

2000
Ryan Mendoza, MART, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento
e Rovereto, Trento
Ryan Mendoza, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich
Ryan Mendoza, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia

1999
A Cake for the Dead, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich

1998
Ryan Mendoza, Studio Cannaviello, Milan

1997
Oh Big Fishy, Galleria in Arco, Turin
Cadaver Dog, Galleria Studio Legale, Caserta

 

 

overview

Coming home, Detroit house for Art Rotterdam
After Careful Consideration
150 x 200 cm
The Hero
71 x 51 cm
The Bride
135 x 210 cm
Secrets and Lies
155 x 194 cm
Blowing my house down
134 x 136 cm
The confusion of a sweet girl
127 x 96 cm
This has nothing to do with you
170 x 122 cm
We are safe now
180 x 130 cm
Games people play
168 x 148 cm
Everything will be okay
110 x 90 cm
Forgetting about her
70 x 100 cm