Hector Dionicio Mendoza was born in Uruapan, Michoacan Mexico. He and his family relocated to the agricultural community of King City California in the mid-eighties. His professional development includes a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland CA where he was awarded the Presidents fellowship which constitutes a full tuition scholarship. After he completed his Bachelor’s degree, Dio was invited to several artist-in-residence programs and exhibitions in Europe, including Kust Futur in Switzerland 2000, The Bossard Project in Berlin 2001, Casa Santos in Barcelona 2002, and The Putney Arts Center in London 2003. Dionicio’s awards include the Eureka Fellowship 2004 in California, Kunst Now 2005 in Berlin, and Eco-Conciente 2007 in Mexico City. In 2009 he received his MFA in Art from Yale University. Most recently he was awarded the prestigious Sarah and Don Lucas Artist-in-Residence Fellowship at Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, California. He currently lives in Monterey and is an Assistant Professor in the Visual and Public Art Department. Mendoza teaches studio courses in sculpture, painting, and screen printing.