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
Mendoza visited Toledo, Spain and was inspired by its imposing presence and geometry. As you can see from this photo, it’s a mishmash of vibrant geometric lines and shapes. His painting, “Toledo,” (view in the site’s Art Gallery) was similar to a painting done by the artist El Greco entitled “A View of Toledo.” Continue reading
In this pencil sketch, Mendoza conceptualized a future mural that was a variation on a theme he’d painted earlier in his career entitled “The Tail in Madrid.” This one depicts the “Festival of the Sun” along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive. Continue reading
Mendoza was not only a master of technique but also a person well-versed in art history. He understood his role as an artist within the context of contemporary art. Every artist is a product of his own place and time, and his completed works will reflect the hopes, possibilities and limitations of that period. Continue reading
Mark Nelson created a documentary film about Mendoza’s life and art. Nelson is an artist and teacher in Chicago, and was a very good friend of Mendoza.