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Ryan Mendoza

Ryan Mendoza

born 1971, New York

lives and works between Naples and Berlin

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 His work moves between realism and expressionism in the constant retrieval of historical references, which comprise Lucian Freud, Chuck Close and Alex Katz.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


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


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


Everything and nothing, Livingstone gallery, The Hague

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

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


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

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


Chocolate Crocodile, Galerie Lelong, Paris


Candyland revisited, Livingstone gallery, The Hague


Don´t Look at Me, Galerie Lelong, Paris


Turning Off The Lights, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague


Fear in a Time of Superheroes, Galleria Massimo Minini, Spazio Maria Calderara, Milan
Ryan Mendoza, Galerie Klüser 2, Munich
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Ryan Mendoza, Overbeck Gesellschaft, Lübeck


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


A Cake for the Dead, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich


Ryan Mendoza, Studio Cannaviello, Milan


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