After working as a graphic designer and creative director for 20 years in Europe, Luis moved to Japan where he changed his career to drawing. His eclectic approach and versatile style, combined with his art direction skills makes him a relevant addition to creative teams and projects. His work is found on websites, magazines and ad campaigns, but also in art galleries and clothing. You can bump into him in the Tokyo streets where he draws daily on his sketchbook.
Luis sometimes also writes stuff.
Luis at luismendo dot com
+81 70 1313 33 28
In 1994 Luis Mendo started his professional career in Spain. Soon he moved to The Netherlands and as of late, to Japan. In these years he has created dozens of magazine titles, identities and publications on and offline.
In June 2005 opened his own studio in Amsterdam, named GOOD Inc. and was chosen one of the 10 best Art Directors in The Netherlands. From 2009 Luis started drawing on a regular basis, rediscovering the joy of the craft, and developing a career as illustrator and artist (or as he likes to call himself, drawer) next to his design work.
In 2013 Luis closed GOOD Inc. and moved to Japan. Since then operates under his own name making art, illustrations, art direction and design consultancy. He sometimes gives lectures, advice and workshops on design, magazine-making and creativity issues.
In Oct 2018 he founded together with his wife a creative residence and gallery in Tokyo, called Almost Perfect. Luis does the curation, creative direction and design of the residence, while Yuka takes care of the business side of things.
RED show, together with fashion brand INHEELS at Almost Perfect in Tokyo.
Small Wonders, group show at Clouds Art + Coffee in Koenji, Tokyo.
2nd Solo show at Clouds Art + Coffee in Koenji, Tokyo.
Group show about paper, かるた市 東京表参道 at Haguruma Envelope showroom in Omotesando, Tokyo.
March to may 2017
Promo show at Isetan in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
First solo show at Sorama Gallery in Harajuku, Tokyo. Titled simply SOLO, the show was formed by a retrospective to his las 3 years as a drawer.
Group show at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery in New York City in a group show with other Fillin Global artists.
Apple, Adobe, New York Magazine, Monocle, Sony, Popeye Magazine, JR East Japan Railway, Nikkei Asian Review, Spotify, THREE cosmetics, Ginza Six, Fujifilm, Vanity Fair, De Volkskrant, El País Semanal, IDEO Japan, Corriere della Sera, Isetan, Parco, Wacom and Wako dept store.
Aesop, American Airlines magazine, Bonpoint, Condé Nast, Elle à Table Japan, Hearst Japan, Herb Lester Associates, ICON magazine, Knee High Media, McKinsey, Medium.com, NHK, Numéro Tokyo, The North Face, PechaKucha, RICOH, Ropé Picnic, THA Ltd, Tokyo Midtown, Too Much Magazine, Tsutaya Books Daikanyama, Vara, Voyager, Winged Wheel Tokyo, A Zillion Ideas.
State of Tokyo
The Japan Times
Dead Beat Creative
Tokyo Graphic Designers
Facing Pages Festival
Dutch Photographers Association
DOT Place Gallery
Folk & Tales
The Fox is Black
SPD (Society of Publication Designers)
Amsterdam Fashion Institute AMFI
Working Not Working
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