Marco Mendoza is fascinated by the idea of our inner self. His contemporary abstract art comes from the search for the true self and happiness that he feels everyone is looking for.
“I think everyone is trying to find the true meaning of life. When you’re trying to find out who you are and what you are here for, and what you need to do to get to that point, that self-knowing — that inspires me,” said Mendoza, a native of Mexico who lives in Melbourne.
His acrylic art is characterized by vibrant colors, contrasting shapes and bold compositions.
Mendoza said he’s been asked the meaning behind his paintings, such as “Meditating,” that is on display at the Art Gallery of Viera in The Avenue.
“I ask them, ‘What does it mean to you?’ Their answers range from it reminding them of a dream or questioning if it came from meditation.”
Mendoza leaves the interpretation to the viewer. He prefers to have people form their own opinion, their own truth.
“I’m not trying to explain the way of thinking. My art, it’s more like a stimulus to discover it,” Mendoza said.
He views artwork as something that is sent into the world to bring pleasure and invite reflection.
“Then the artwork needs to be interpreted by the culture. The level of cultural integration is where art influences, uplifts or erodes the spirit of people. I believe art can heal the soul,” Mendoza said.
Paula de Stefanis said Mendoza is a “phenomenal creator.” She has exhibited his paintings in two of her art galleries in Milwaukee.
“His subject matter is so unique to anything that’s out there,” de Stefanis said. “There’s a lot of spirituality in his work, and he’s able to narrate that very well.”
Mendoza is working on a series entitled “Saints.”
“We are called to be a saint in the human way. Everyone has experienced that when they help somebody. When you do something good, you feel good,” he said.
Mendoza said that experience is not done for the photo op or public praise.
“It’s more personal. What matters is you feel that. That’s what I call a saint moment,” he said.