In 2016, I created a video to celebrate and remember Francisco’s achievements. I believe his artwork in this video speaks for itself in it’s beauty and vibrancy. Enjoy!
The Art Show
Sculptor Roman Villareal and his wife, Maria Villareal, recently organized and curated the Mendoza Brothers Art Show in partnership with Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza and the Chicago Park District. The exhibit opened on Saturday, September 1, 2018, and was the first time the Mendozas exhibited together since the mid-1980s. Continue reading
As some of you know, Francisco Mendoza enjoyed serenading everyone with the trumpet, and even had a used piano installed in his home in the late 1970s so he could learn to play. Continue reading
This portrait was one of several versions with the same title. However, each one was done in a different style (view black and white version in Art Gallery).
The one pictured here is a pastel drawing, and was completed in the early 1980s. A similar version was exhibited at his one man art show at Chicago State University in 1983.
After Mendoza’s death in 2012, a Chicago art museum honored my uncle with an exhibition of works by other artists commemorating him through portraits and art installations. The museum asked me to write the gallery wall text. Here was my finalized version of that narrative Continue reading
Today would have been Mendoza’s 57th birthday. He is pictured here with his mother at a birthday party. Continue reading
The young Francisco and his older brother, Vincent, at Chicago’s WGN-TV station in 1974. Continue reading
As his oldest nephew, I recall many things about my uncle and the things he enjoyed. His favorite movies, sports, music, girlfriends, etc. Continue reading
Before Mendoza was known by his many aliases like Pancho, Miguel, Frank, and Mosca — yes, some of his high school friends knew him as Mosca! — his original nickname was Mickey. His family, and friends who knew him as a youngster, have always called him Mickey. Continue reading