Jorge Mendez grew up and has lived in several countries in Latin America. From a very young age, he was exposed to an eclectic community of artists – fostered by a grandfather who was a self-taught artist. Early on, Jorge revealed a great passion for art and quickly developed a keen eye – distinguishing nuances in color, form, technique and execution. During his early twenties, he moved to Miami, FL where he was further influenced by a flourishing Cuban and Colombian art community. Separating his heart from his head, Jorge pursued and earned a degree in Finance at the University of Maryland, outside of Washington, DC. His strong business acumen, combined with a fluency in English, Spanish and Portuguese culminated in a position where he interfaced with law firms throughout Latin America. Through it all, it was his passion for the arts and his deeply rooted Latin culture that kept calling him back home.
Always an admirer and collector of Latin art, it was after he and his partner purchased a home in Palm Springs, CA that he decided to abandon his financial profession and pursue his passion through the development of the Jorge Mendez Gallery. Jorge’s vision for his gallery is to specialize in contemporary Latin American art – bringing unrepresented artists and their creative genius to an underserved US marketplace.