The murals have become a real tourist attraction and thousands of people have taken a few shots of the wife and kids in front of this colorful artwork. The Sentir Cubano murals have even been used as a backdrop for TV and print advertising, including a now famous spot for a car company.
Artist Tony Mendoza was born in New York to Cuban parents, but raised in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. Tony's simple and colorful paintings uniquely capture the spirit and vibrancy of Miami with a unique style and a great sense of humor. Much of Tony's work centers on the daily life of vibrant Little Havana, the cradle of Cuban culture in Miami.
Tony works mainly with acrylic on canvas, and has exhibited his artwork at galleries and shows throughout Florida and in several states. Tony's "Cuban Beverage Collection" was originally created for Cuba Nostalgia, as hand-painted miniatures. However, it sold so well he created special prints that are available online at his site and in a few stores that offer Cuban memorabilia in Miami.
As much as he is known for his “normal-sized” artwork, Tony has really come into his own with the creation of several iconic murals in the Miami area.
You may have also seen Tony's work on the cover of the Miami Hispanic Yellow Pages.
Tony was the winner of the 2007 Arte de America Hispana Competition and his artwork has been featured in Cigar City Magazine, The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Cigar Snob Magazine, Vanidades, and Selecta Magazine. Tony also made an appearance on the PBS show "Postcards from Buster."
Tony works and lives in Miami with his wife, Lina, daughter, Sarah Amaris, and son, Daniel Felipe.
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