Víctor Hugo Mendoza illustrates the contemporary landscape

Víctor Hugo Mendoza Zapata saw the first light in the city of Puebla de los Ángeles, Mexico. There he began his first studies until he reached the University to study architecture, but since childhood he was attracted by the landscape of the towns near his land.

One day he decided to get to know the city of Oaxaca, especially the towns of the Valley and some further from the capital, for this he became a wanderer touring much of the small coast where he was seized by the landscape of Santa María Nutio, municipality of San Juan Colorado. , district of Jamiltepec, Oaxaca, where he meets a family that lives in that place, who, like all Oaxacans, opened the doors of their house to him to then invite him part of their meal and later take him on a tour of the community.

He was very interested in seeing the crops, the flow of the rivers with crystal clear waters, the sound of the monochrome sketch, interpreting nature and the supernatural that derives in constructions of the contemporary landscape, the schematic and the sketch in natural areas of Santa María Nutio , where they still persist in the face of the threat of climate change.

When I am creating I imagine that I catch the sunlight with my brush, that the sound of the river and the color of the wind are impregnated in my works” says the artist.

His main reference is the contemporary landscape such as: David Hockney, Peter Doig and María Sada, these plastic artists are very important to him because they go to the place and paint the landscape, however, his proposal is between the dreamlike, the magical and the real .

My theory about color agrees with Yves Klein and Olafur Eliasson, the former created a color and the latter travels to Iceland to make installations in public places and museums to raise awareness about climate change and its effects”, he highlights.

Upon reaching Santa María Nutio, he is overwhelmed by the emotion of encountering another world, perhaps non-existent for many / Víctor Hugo Mendoza likes to bring the landscape to more people, as there are paths that are difficult to discover


For Víctor Hugo Mendoza Zapata, his main idea is research, he paints a series of landscapes of the aforementioned community located on the small coast of Oaxaca because the colors he saw there impacted him so much that he qualifies it as a unique place whose river remains virgin and the life of the people is identified with the river, the pools and the work of the mountain.

It is somewhat routine but wonderful, because when he gets there he is overwhelmed by the emotion of encountering another world, perhaps non-existent for many, but for him it is extremely beautiful, from where he obtained beautiful and creative imagination for his canvases.

To this place I extend my gratitude to the Plaza García family and Lic. Luis García Bautista, who offered me lodging and provided me with vital information for this pictorial research. In this regard I have held exhibitions at the Oaxacan House of Culture, House of Culture of Etla, Oaxaca, in the H. Congress of Oaxaca, in the Barrio del Artista of the city of Puebla, in the Hellenic Cultural Institute of Mexico City and in San Andrés Cholula, Puebla.


Víctor Hugo Mendoza is the natural landscaper who drastically modifies the root of climate change, the lack of water and the migration of animal species, because he likes to bring the landscape to more people, because there are trails and places where you cannot access by horse, you have to walk to cross the river.

The main color range is violet, permanent green and ultramarine blue. The work was recently selected and incorporated into the National Catalog of Indigenous and Afro-Mexican Peoples and Communities, as part of the documents that make up the pictorial research.

Víctor Hugo Mendoza illustrates the contemporary landscape