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Ryan Mendoza is an American painter.


Mendoza, Ryan was born on October 29, 1971 in New York City. Son of George and Ruth (Sekora) Mendoza.


Student, Yale University, 1989. Student, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1991. Student, Indiana University, 1992.

Student, Parsons School Art and Design, Paris, 1994.


He works and lives between Naples and Berlin. He counterbalances old master techniques with contemporary themes. Mendoza and his then pregnant wife Fabia were arrested in Naples, Italy after an art performance meant as an act of Solidarity for the Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot in 2012.

His intimate diary 'Everything is Mine' ('Tutto è mio') curated by Simona Vinci was released by the Italian publisher Bompiani in 2015. In 2016 he brought an entire house from Detroit, Michigan to Europe. It was first on display at Art Rotterdam 2016.'The White House', 2016 is on permanent exhibition at the Verbeke Foundation, Belgium.

With his White House, Mendoza wandered into a politically charged debate. He was initially only looking for a way of reconnecting with his identity as an American after living abroad for 24 years. The remnants of "The White House" project still remain at 8 Mile and Livernois in Detroit awaiting full demolition.

This has created quite a controversy in Detroit where residents have been forced to live next to the partially demolished home. A documentary on Ryan Mendoza's 'White House' project entitled 'Coming Home- the road to hell is paved with good intentions', 2016, directed by Fabia Mendoza features The Last Poets, Underground Resistance, Thomas Hearns, The Packard Plant Project, the Thomas family, Sovereign T, Preach, Firstborn, Gregory L Johnson, who donated the house, and Harley K Brown, owner of the Southwest Detroit Hospital. 2013 Les Aventures de la Vérité Peinture et Philosophie, Fondation Maeght, curated by Bernard-Henri Lévy 2013: Ryan Mendoza, Roger Ballen, Paul P., Gallerie Massimo Minini, Brescia 2011: Ryan Mendoza Selected works, Galerie Klueser2, Munich, Germany 2010: The Possessed Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples 2009: Chocolate Crocodile Galerie Lelong, Paris 2008: Ryan Mendoza Akira Ikeda Gallery, New York 2007: Don't look at me Galerie Lelong, Paris 2006: Happily ever Akira Ikeda Gallery, Berlin 2005: Ryan Mendoza Galerie Bernd Klueser, Munich 2004: Fear in a Time of Superheroes, Galleria Massimo Minini 2003: Sleeping Beauty Akira Ikeda Gallery, Taura, Japan 2002: Join Now for Instant Access White Cube, London 2002: Almost American, Museo di Castel Nuovo, Naples 2001: Ryan Mendoza, Overbeck Gesellschaft, Luebeck 2000: Ryan Mendoza Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto 1997: "Cadaver dog", Galleria studio legale, Caserta - Italy 2015: Ryan Mendoza Tutto è mio, Bompiani.



George Mendoza

Ruth (Sekora) Mendoza