Julian Mendoza is a Native of Southern California. Born in the late 1950’s this mostly self-taught artist has spent many years putting in work perfecting his technique. Julian worked in the commercial art field for many years. Although it was a solid living, it did not satisfy his desire to create the “fine art” pieces that he always felt were within him. He began painting the subjects that reflected his true interest. Images related to his culture and heritage became his main inspiration; from his Native American Aztec Indian roots, to the Zoot Suiters and Vintage Chevrolets of the 1940’s.
The detail and accuracy of Mendoza’s work speaks to his knowledge of the subjects he paints. Whether it’s a 1946 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan from the Blvd., or a Golden Eagle from Father Sky up above, Julian’s paintings reflect his admiration and respect for both. When it comes to his art Mendoza says, “This is not just what I do, this is who I am”. “These paintings come from my heart, not just my hand”.
Mendoza’s clean lines and smooth blends may have some assuming his pieces are airbrushed or computer generated, but they're not! His originals are all done by hand with a combination of ink, paint, and prismacolor. “I get the result I want and the feeling that comes along with hand made art", Mendoza says, “In my Native culture, it is believed that anything done by hand carries the spirit of the person who created it“.
Aside from Art, Mendoza's other passion has developed into a curriculum, called The Circle Life Class by Mendoza, where he takes his participants though a journey of self awareness. For over 20+ years Mendoza has been teaching/facilitating the circle concepts in many different arenas. Having gone through a similar program himself many years ago, Mendoza credits the concepts for helping him make a much needed positive change in his life. Over the years Mendoza has continued to develop and refine his technique, and has created The Circle Life Class curriculum.
It is because of the life changing positive adjustment he has made in his life, it has become his passion to share the philosophy and concepts of The Circle Life Class with as many people as possible. Over the years Mendoza has had the opportunity to run these circles in High Schools, Colleges, Universities, Businesses, and Correctional Facilities.
Julian Mendoza has effectively worked with many diverse groups and organizations such as:
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