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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

John Wentz

The Human Condition

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. After 6 years of teaching at his alma mater, John has recently set out to paint full time.


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)

Forthcoming Exhibitions
-Solo Exhibitions
2013   Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

-Group Exhibitions
2013 "Imaginarium" Arc Studio/Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Awards and Honors

2007   International Artist Magazine Finalist, “People & Figures”
2006   Best Outstanding Body of Work, Academy of Art University Annual Spring Show
2005   Director’s Choice Award, Academy of Art University Annual Spring Show
2005   Honorable Mention, Academy of Art University Annual Spring Show
2003-2006    President’s Honor List, Academy of Art University

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