Seeing is Believing

April 29, 2010. by Eric Hill, NMSU Round Up, pages 9-10.

The painting "Flowing River" demonstrates Mendoza's interpretation of nature. (Courtesy of George Mendoza)

The painting "Flowing River" demonstrates Mendoza's interpretation of nature. (Courtesy of George Mendoza)

Artist George Mendoza…

…is renowned for his vibrantly colored artwork, popular in all parts of the world, and with his unique works of art in the fabric and textiles industry, Mendoza has become a household name.

Mendoza is not your typical artist. At the age of fifteen, Mendoza was diagnosed with a kinetic eye disorder and legally blind. With hard work, Mendoza became a young Olympic blind runner and began creating artwork using bright colors, which he says he can see up-close.

Mendoza's painting "Daisy Dreamer." (Courtesy of George Mendoza)

Mendoza's painting "Daisy Dreamer." (Courtesy of George Mendoza)

With hard work and determination, Mendoza has created a brand, “Wise Tree,” a collection of cotton fabrics inspired by his paintings. This fabric collection is distributed globally and is made into everything from quilts to T-shirts and clothing. Describing his artwork as visionary, Mendoza also said his biggest accomplishment has been his cotton fabric collection.

The painting "Wise Tree" which inspired Mendoza's best-selling cotton fabric collection. (Courtesy of George Mendoza)

The painting "Wise Tree" which inspired Mendoza's best-selling cotton fabric collection. (Courtesy of George Mendoza)

“It has caught everyone’s interest,” said Mendoza.

Mendoza has also produced four documentary films and the “Vision of the Soul” traveling art show, which enjoyed a nationally successful run from 2006-2010. He was also featured in the Las Cruces “For the Love of Art” exhibit in February.

Examples of textiles from Mendoza's current endeavors. His designs are made into quilts and are sold worldwide. (Courtesy of George Mendoza)

Examples of textiles from Mendoza's current endeavors. His designs are made into quilts and are sold worldwide. (Courtesy of George Mendoza)

Mendoza, an alumnus, is very involved with the New Mexico State University community, where he attends and helps a business management class [Management 448 Small Business Consulting]. Because he created his own valuable brand, Mendoza teaches NMSU business students the ins and outs of running a business.

“I haven’t heard a story like his before,” said Nick McClelland, a business management major. “His story is pretty remarkable, being a blind man and an artist is just unheard of.”

Mendoza is busy with many projects. Some of the projects include the “Art in Public Places” project that he said he hopes will be featured in O’Donnell Hall in the coming year. Mendoza waid he hopes to feature paintings, tile murals, fabric showcases, quilts and sand paintings in this exhibit. He also said he hopes to distribute his sand paintings to the blind, and host sand painting workshops on creating sensory artworks. Mendoza said he also is planning a collaboration with Blue Star Mothers of America to make quilts to be donated to soldiers serving overseas.

Mendoza will open art exhibitions in May and in August.

For more information about Mendoza, visit www.georgemendoza.com.

To see more photos visit www.roundupnews.com/a-e or www.georgemendoza.com.

Eric Hill is a staff writer and can be contacted at trunews@nmsu.edu.


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