“I’ve always loved art, so I decided I needed to do something I am passionate about,” says gallerist Jorge Mendez, who recently retired from a finance career in Seattle to share his passion — Latin American art — with Palm Springs. Open since December 2013, Jorge Mendez Gallery features a rotating collection of paintings and sculpture by 15 established and emerging artists from South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. From the political and philosophical to the peaceful and pleasure-invoking, what ties many of these artists’ works together is an air of romanticism — as well as vibrant, vivid color palettes that make an impact. Despite its location in the mostly modern Uptown Design District, the 3,200-square-foot space has been well received by both the local community and visitors from Los Angeles and San Diego. “I think Palm Springs’ proximity to these other cities, where there is a great appreciation for this kind of art, makes it a good time to open here,” Mendez says.
Through May 31, the gallery will feature Contemporary Mexican Masters, an exhibition that showcases the works of five established Mexican artists — Vladimir Cora, Alberto Castro Leñero, Amador Montes, Jazzamoart Vazquez, and Armando Amaya.
Jorge Mendez Gallery, 756 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs; 760-656-7454; jorgemendezgallery.com