|Artist Tony Mendoza was born in New York to Cuban parents, but raised in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. This guy's work is so vibrant and colorful! He intimately captures the daily life of Little Havana with style and best of all, a great sense of humor. I Cuban.com Magazine – Three Guys from Miami – November 2003
Tony commenced his artistic endeavors by painting the colorful and historic homes of his childhood neighborhood of Little Havana, and bringing his art to the public at Cultural Fridays on Calle Ocho. His unique and whimsical renderings led to many commissions of house portraits throughout South Florida and eventually the rest of the country. Inspired by his activity in Little Havana he has created several collections of humorous vignettes depicting life and commerce in this vibrant section of Miami. These paintings show the love he has for the city and its inhabitants with their quirky and colorful lifestyles and customs.
Tony Mendoza creates images and vignettes of Little Havana, perpetuating in his acrylics the Cuban heritage in a primitive-expressionistic style full of vibrant color.
Vilma E. Muises – Florida Exclusive Magazine April 2004
His style has been described as Primitive Expressionist, his primary mediums are acrylic on canvas and digital on paper. He is currently applying his unique vision to the depicting of emotion using color and form, in his Figures collection.
He explored the exile passion for nostalgia along with his own yearning for the mother-country in a series of large scale murals at The Sentir Cubano building on SW 8 Street Miami.
Just as colorful is the Sentir shop, which sports a lime green façade with landscapes representative of each of the provinces, painted by local Cuban artist Tony Mendoza. It has become a tourist attraction.
Fabiola Gonzalez – The Miami Herald 8/24/03
He was commissioned to complete large projects for the Kiwanis of Little Havana Carnaval Miami, Bella Mar Estates-Bahamas and Neighborhood Lending Partners. He has been invited to contribute his artwork to such institutions as The Historical Museum of South Florida, The Deering Estate, Carrfour Supportive Housing and The Cuban-American Woman’s Association, Genesis House Miami. Chosen by Miami~Dade Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board to participate in “ Expresiones del Arte Hispano 2004 ”group show.
Exhibits: Viernes Culturales since 2002, Da Vinci Gallery - Coral Gables – August 2002, AMCU Group Show - Miami - July 2003, “Recalling Our Tradition” Group Show @ Casa Juancho – Miami - February 2004, Epcot Art in the Garden Festival - Spring 2004, Cuba Nostalgia – Coconut Grove May 2003-2004, Solo exhibit @ Brevard Community College – Moore Multicultural Center – Cocoa, Fl – September 2004.
Juried Art Festivals: Art in Tropics – Coral Gables 2003 & 2004, South Miami Art Festival 2003, Key Biscayne Art Festival 2004, Miami Beach Festival of the Arts 2004, Pembroke Pines Art Festival 2004.