Salina Mendoza is the 2019 OC Laureate
A laureate is someone awarded for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement. These individuals are celebrated for the way they inspire and for their contributions to the community.
As a nonprofit organization dedicated to storytelling, we want to honor storytellers in our own backyard. The Orange County Laureate program celebrates community members who inspire us, through storytelling, community engagement, or education (art, literature, music, history, science, technology).
Throughout the year, Salina will help Heritage Future connect, educate, and partner with our community to provide our diverse neighborhoods with creative and cultural opportunities.
Read more about the award here.
Salina Mendoza is a 26 yr old self-taught abstract geometric artist. She started her journey into art in 2nd grade when she discovered her passion for cartoons. After almost getting expelled from school for her dark cartoons, she chose to pursue her passion for math instead.
Salina eventually graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Business Entrepreneurship (originally accounting). During her junior year of college, she picked up painting again as an emotional outlet. In 2015, Salina started canvas painting and in January of 2017 she was discovered by RAW Artists. She had her first showcase in January 2017 at RAW OC's "CUSP" show at the Yost Theatre. In February 2017, she was invited to her second show for The Concrete Dance Initiative's "SLANT" at the Discovery Cube in Santa Ana. Shortly after, Salina was invited to All The Arts for All The Kids Foundation's Auction at Fullerton Museum in April of 2017. She won her first award (Jurors choice) at her first juried show at All The Arts for All The Kids Foundation Auction. Salina had her first group gallery show in May of 2018 at Beyond the Lines Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. In October, Salina was invited to have her first solo show at City of Costa Mesa City Hall's "Art on the Fifth" Gallery.
Salina's style is comprised of manic colors, intricate details, and crisp lines. She starts every piece without a destination in mind and upon completion, she writes a story about the emotions/feelings she felt while creating the piece or the emotions she felt from her environment.
2017, RAW Artist's "CUSP", Yost Theatre, Santa Ana, CA
2017 "SLANT", Discovery Cube, Santa Ana, CA
2017 "Art Auction XXIII" by All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation, Fullerton Museum, Fullerton, CA
2018 Warehouse of Contemporary Art (WOCA), Anaheim, CA
2018 "Art Auction XXIV" by All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation, Hangar 21, Fullerton, CA
2018 "Pancakes and Booze Art Show", UNION, Los Angeles, CA
2018 "CostaMakers", Costa Mesa, CA
2018 "ARTventure 2018", Group Show, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
2018 "Chairs & Art Unite" by Beyond the Lines Gallery, Just Real Furniture, Los Angeles, CA
2018 "Art on the Fifth" Solo Gallery Show at City of Costa Mesa City Hall, Costa Mesa, CA
2019 "Wave" Solo Gallery Exhibit at 1888 Center, Orange, CA
2019 "Artastic" by City of Norwalk Cultural Arts Center, Norwalk, CA
2019 "Artbox" Group show at Mary Paxon Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA
2019 "Opening night", Brittany Davis Gallery, Ojai, CA