It is always an honor for us to talk to different talented individual in the field of visual arts. Today, we are once again blessed to learn more about Jose Mendez, an extremely gifted muralist, painter and illustrator.
His works are found not just in the United States, but even different countries in Europe like Spain, Italy and London just to name a few. You will also catch some of his works in Bali, Indonesia. He is also known for creating huge campaigns on billboards for Spotify in Canada and the New York Times. Below is our amazing interview with Jose and we can assure you that you'll be inspired after reading it.
An Interview with Jose Mendez
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Jose: As a kid I used to watch a lot of cartoons, back in Spain we had really cool cartoons on public TV, mostly coming from USA, Japan and France. During 90’s there was a huge graffiti boom in Spain. I used to see a lot of it in the streets, that definitely inspired me to draw. Also, when I was a teenager I was subscribe to this music magazine that came every month, I remember looking forward to receive it to see the artwork of new album covers from international bands.
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work?Who do you study?
Jose: I admire artists who has done big achievement in art, there is so many of them, I couldn’t mention just one.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Jose: Being honest, I just do the work I feel like, that makes me happy. In my work I can sometimes be a bit abstract with the ideas, I feel I have achieve my purpose when someone who see my art explain me what they feel and matches with the idea I did that piece without having to explain it.
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Jose: My purpose is to create new images that people haven’t seen, to create art that can make a big impression on people.
APA: What advice would you give to other inspiring artists?
Jose: My piece of advise would be to stay strong and keep on, make actual decisions on your work, don’t procrastinate in ideas like having to wait until your work will get better, rather this just go for it! If you want to make it in art you really have to commit to it, is going to become your lifestyle. Important is to don’t feel inferior to other artists who are bigger than you, you have your own path in this art world as in life, trust yourself.
APA: What artist influence your work most?
Jose: There has been few artists who has influenced my work like David Hockney with colours and Keith Haring with his language.
APA: What most often inspires your work?
Jose: The travels, I usually get to travel quite often to expand my ideas and vision, to see new things and get inspired by cultures and places. Also I get inspired by photography compositions and colours, music culture and surf. Bali has been my base for some time, and has had a big impact in my art and narrative.
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Jose: That you have so much freedom, you are making something that is coming from you, everything is possible, there is no limits or rules.