Nora Chapa Mendoza

Media: Visual Painting

The urge to create has always been a part of my life – and now the painting of women has become my primary objective. I paint women of the earth, free, strong, passionate women who themselves embody the spirit of mother earth; thus the entity is complete. In order that my art reflect my life, it is inevitable that the artist free the spirit and spontaneously embrace the soul. Each day I look eagerly to yet another opportunity to observe and express the pain and dignity of human endeavor. In 1953 Ms. Mendoza moved to Michigan where she has lived ever since. She took art classes at the center for creative studies in Detroit for a number of years. Over the past 35 years, her paintings have taken on a fierce spirit of individualism and have become known for the hidden forms within the abstract. Landscapes, Hispanic, Indian and Chicano people figure predominately in her abstract and impressionist-realist paintings. Ms. Mendoza exhibits extensively nationally and internationally in invitational, one person and group exhibitions. She served ten years on the Michigan Council for the Arts and as a mentor of several emerging artists, Hispanic arts organizations and Hispanic community cultural events. Nora Chapa Mendoza was the recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award as the Michigan Artist of the year in 1999. She was honored for her artistic contributions to Michigan's cultural milieu and for her service to the community. She was appointed to serve as a member of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs from 1991 – 2001. in the past forty years Nora's own experiences and accumulated knowledge are the more valuable assets that she brings to the media of art and teaching. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is represented among many important collections around the world.

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