Mendoza received his M.A. in sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. In Venezuela, he was head of the department of restoration and conservation of Sculpture of the Galería de Arte Nacional. He taught at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas Cristóbal Rojas in Venezuela. He was president of the National Association of the Young Sculpture. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, including the Conac Gallery, the V National Salon of Young Artists, Venezuela, the VII National Biennial of Visual Arts, Galería de Arte Nacional, XLII, XLIII and XLIV Arturo Michelena Hall, Galería Oro Negro, Venezuela, the 8th Small and Medium Sculpture Triennial, Budapest, which was part of an exhibition that later went to Bucharest, Belgrade, Reykjavik, Stockholm, Vienna, Paris and The Hague among others. He has received multiples awards including, Julio Morales Lara Awards, Arturo Michelena Hall of Valencia. Sculpture Award, Aragua Hall. National Encounter of Sculptors Award Fundarte. Caracas Metro Award and II Prize Francisco Narváez Sculpture Biennial. Special mention in the Sculpture Hall. His work is in the Art Museum of Maracay, Aragua; Andrés Pérez Mujica Open Air Museum and Ateneo Collection, Valencia; Minas de Aroa National Park, Yaracuy, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia, Maracaibo among others.
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
This workshop will introduce students to the history of wood carving and its use in contemporary sculpture. The techniques used to shape the wood will be examined, the practical aspects of using and sharpening the tools, selecting the size, volume and type of wood to carve, as well as finishing of the surface of the artwork. Students will have a completed project at the conclusion of the workshop. Wood is included.