Written by Brian Ahern
Blind artist's new exhibit focuses on the creative senses
A new collection of artwork by blind artist George Mendoza has come to the Irving Arts Center (IAC) and will run through November 10. On Sept. 28, Mendoza came to the IAC in person and gave a lecture on his artwork and his outlook on building a successful life while dealing with blindness.
Mendoza lost his sight at the age of 15, yet ever since then he has had constant visions of brilliant colors and shapes. These visions are the primary inspiration for his paintings, and his artwork allows viewers a glimpse inside his head. The title of the exhibit is “Colors of the Wind”, a name which comes from one of his paintings, “What Color is the Wind?” This was a question that awoke his creative spirit as a young man, when it was posed to him by a young girl who had been born blind. “That burning question, in the middle of my depression and suicidal thoughts about losing my sight at that time as a teenager just woke up my creative senses and I guess I’ve spent the rest of my life trying to explain that one question, ‘What color is the wind?’, through art and books,” Mendoza said.