My favorite time to explore New Orleans is walking through the quarter at twilight. It doesn't really matter what is going on in my life, but even at the worst of times, strolling the quarter as the sun comes up is not only incredibly inspiring, but is also a reminder why I moved here in the first place.....that there is always a reason to go on and continue to create art... waking up every day in New Orleans is a daily reminder of that.
Originally from Miami, FL, I went to art school in Sarasota, FL at the Ringling School of Art and Design and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Dept. of Computer Animation. From there, I began a career in animation working at several studios around the country and finally ending up at Nintendo’s Retro Studios in Austin, TX for 13 years. All the while, I continued working on my art and comics.
Somewhere in the middle there, I began to visit New Orleans for shows and vacation and the city seduced me in a way no other place ever had. I started visiting multiple times a year, for several years, before I decided that I had to live and work here.
I’m happy that I did….
Now in my 3rd year living here, I am a senior character animator, making video games for Microsoft/InXile Entertainment and I’ve curated and exhibited work in several art shows all over town. New Orleans has provided everything I had hoped for and continues to surprise and amaze. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Carlos Mendieta is a New Orleans artist living and working in Marigny neighborhood.
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