Evan Mendel is a painter, muralist, and street artist. Born and raised in the valley outside of Los Angeles, his artistic practice developed through his immersion in local countercultures. He pushes the boundaries of figurative art, experimenting with different modes of abstraction.
He lives and works in Los Angeles, United States.
Skateboard and surf culture were formative in Mendel’s upbringing, thanks to his father, who was heavily involved in these scenes' cultural and commercial aspects. He discovered graffiti at a very young age, which later evolved into an interest in fine art. Self-taught as a painter and muralist, constantly learning through trial and error, he explores the marriage of figurative art and abstract expressionism.
As a painter and muralist, Mendel brings forth his background as a street artist to his fine art practice through his use of spray paint, layered marks, and compositional arrangements. He explores techniques of figurative and abstract expressionist painting, finding harmonious ways to merge all of these influences into his art.
Mendel’s earliest artistic influences were cartoons, comic books, skateboard graphics and graffiti. From a very young age, he immersed himself in skateboard and surf culture, shaping his sensibilities and perceptions as an artist. The discovery of graffiti as a young teen was central in defining his artistic approach, which utilizes tools and stylizations characteristic of street art.
Influenced by the DIY aspects of skateboard and surf culture, Mendel began showcasing his paintings in pop-up exhibitions. These eventually led to invitations to participate in group shows in the Los Angeles area. Mendel has shown his works in esteemed U.S. galleries, such as New Image Art; The Seventh Letter Gallery; Subliminal Projects, and The Lodge. In 2016, he had his first solo show at the Studio Space/Gallery of the renowned muralist and designer David Flores.
Mendel’s early love of graffiti also evolved into mural-based work. In 2017, he painted his first mural in Ventura, California. Over the years, he created numerous murals in Los Angeles, Ventura County, and Memphis, Tennessee. His mural works have dynamic and expressive qualities, which directly reflect his studio practice.
Mendel’s paintings are in several private collections, including those of celebrities Ewan McGregor, Jamie Foxx, and Maiara Walsh.
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