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John Wentz

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Lives in
San Francisco

Works in
San Francisco


Academy of Art University, San Francisco, 2006, BFA

figurative, traditional, modern, surrealism, realism, pop


John Wentz is a contemporary realist exploring the human condition through the lens of psychology and mythology. Inspired by the writings of psychologist Carl Jung, Wentz’s work explores how the archetype of the hero – and specifically the superhero – influences the human experience. Juxtaposing vintage comic book characters with surreal depictions of children, John aims to create a dialogue between his childhood and the childhood of today, which seem to lack or misunderstand this timeless archetype.

John was born and raised in the Bay Area and graduated with distinction from the Academy of Art University, where he won multiple awards. His work has been shown in international publications and resides in numerous private collections.

John currently teaches at his alma mater focusing on painting, drawing, human anatomy, color theory, and composition.

Recent Exhibits

John Wentz participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2015 FREAKS AND AMERICANA An Exploration of Big Top Culture
Corey Helford Gallery Circa
Oct, 2014 Passages
111 Minna Gallery
Sep, 2014 The Coaster Show Closing Party
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Sep, 2014 Kubrick- An Art Show Tribute
Spoke Art
Sep, 2014 The 2nd Annual Coaster Show
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Sep, 2014 Mashup
Hespe Gallery
Click here to see all exhibits for John Wentz
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