Bio

John Wentz is a contemporary artist whose work is an exploration of process and technique. Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to its core fundamentals: composition, color, and mark-making. Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer with an abstract sensibility.

 

John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel, he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator, and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 5 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards. 

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2020

Urban Art Fair w/ myFINBEC, Paris, France

VR-NISSAGE

2019

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

The Death of Distance

2017

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Navigation Unknown

 

2015

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Imprints

 

2014

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Passages

 

2013    

Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Spectra

 

2012    

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Synthesis

 

2009  

D-Structure, San Francisco, CA

Adaptive Radiation

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021

Stolen Space Gallery, London

Fragments

art Karlsruhe, Germany

Selections

Zhejiang Art Museum, China

Pad Dimension

2020

Fraunberg Ateliers, Munich, Germany

4

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Lately

Galerie Joël Knafo, Paris, France

Polyphonissima

2019

Thinkspace Projects, Culver City, CA

Re-Beginning

Kunsthuizen Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands

Project 1606

Pretty Portal Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany

Dancing with Myself (Two Person Show)

Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Disrupted Realism

2018

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Moniker Art Fair, London

Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

Bodies5

Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix, AZ

We The People

2017

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Moleskine Project VI

Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

Neon

Vertical Gallery, Chicago, Ill

Portrait

Alto Gallery, Denver, CO

Showed Up

 

2016

Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Drawn to Greatness

Made in California

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Moleskine Project V

Spoke Art, New York, NY

Wes Anderson Tribute

Abend Gallery, Denver, Co

Mini Show

Edge of Realism

 

2015

Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY

Works on Paper

Five & Under

Mike Wright Gallery, Denver, CO

As One

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Moleskine Project IV

Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA

Freaks & Americana

Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA

Tired Hands

 

Publications

2019   Graffiti Art Magazine 'Urban Contemporary Art Guide'

2019  The South African Artist Magazine

2019  Graffiti Art Magazine

2019  American Art Collector Magazine

2018  Juxtapoz Magazine

2017  Juxtapoz Magazine

2015  Artist's on Art

2011   La Gazette Cournot, France

2008  Clone Magazine, Spain

2007  International Artist Magazine

2007  American Art Collector Magazine

Collaborations

2020   Procreate: Release of Procreate version 5

2020   Casio/Graffiti Art Magazine: Casio G-Shock Ad

Artist in Residence

2019  Arthouse Holland/Project 1606

          Leiden, The Netherlands

Education

2006   

BFA, Painting; Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

-with distinction   

 

Professional Experience

2006-2012   

Instructor in Fine Arts, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (Drawing, Painting, Anatomy, Composition, and Color Theory)