Kenney Mencher 

http://www.kenney-mencher.com/

Biography and Résumé 

I was born in Brooklyn February of 1965.  During much of my childhood I lived in Brooklyn the Bronx, upstate NY, Sarasota Florida and Manhattan.  (Both my mother and father divorced and remarried.)  The real hero of my childhood is my older brother Marc who literally changed my diapers, taught me how to do all the things a person should know how to do.

I started to learn to paint and draw when I was six or seven years old.

As a young adult at the High School of Art and Design I dabbled in non-traditional relationships, drugs, museums.  I also began to learn to paint in the classrooms of Irwin Greenburg who taught me how to oil and watercolor.      

After dropping out of the High School, I worked construction demolishing the interiors and renovating buildings on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  I was having a rough emotional time and once again my older brother and his partner Kirk rescued when they invited me to move to Cincinnati Ohio with them.   I worked as a cook in a Pizza Place on Mount Adams, studied during the day and painted as much as I could.   After a year of college at the University of Cincinnati I went back to the Bronx where I finished college at CUNY Lehman.  A fantastic college!

After completing my undergraduate studies, I went on to travel to California and Ohio to complete my graduate studies.

Since 2014 or so I’ve stopped working galleries, mainly because I wanted to sell paintings at lower prices.  I also like building a more personal relationship with my collectors.  This change also allowed me to focus on themes that Hang Gallery in San Francisco, dropped me for, and the STRS Gallery in Sacrament censored. (Sexual charged paintings of men and women mainly from a gay/queer/homoerotic point of view.)

After 17 years of teaching art history and studio courses at Ohlone College in Fremont, California I retired in June 2016 to pursue painting full time.



Resume: KENNEY MENCHER
Kenney.Mencher@gmail.com
http://www.kenney-mencher.com/

EDUCATION
 

1993-1995 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
MFA Painting

1991-1994 University of California, Davis, CA
MA Art History -Thesis Title:
"Vampires, the Audiences they Consume."

1988-1991 City University of New York, Bronx, NY
Magna Cum Laude; BA Art History

1985-1986 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
& Spring 1988

1981-1985 Art Students' League, Manhattan, NY

1978-1982 Art & Design High School, Manhattan, NY


EMPLOYMENT
 

1999-2016 Associate Professor of Art & Art History, Ohlone College, Fremont, California

1998-1999 Instructor of Art History & Western Civilization, San Francisco University High School

1996-1998 Assistant Professor of Art & Art History, Texas A&M University, Laredo, TX

 
EXHIBITIONS: Solo and Two Person
2016 Tracy Center for the Arts, Tracy, CA
The Convict and the Boy, A Graphic Novel and Installation by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
(Solo)

2012 Ohlone College, Fremont CA

Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Istallation  and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
(Solo)

2012 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento CA
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Istallation  and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
(Solo)

2012 Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Istallation  and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
(Solo)

2012 Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos CA 
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Istallation  and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
(Solo)

2011 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Istallation  and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist.
(Solo)

2009 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
In Black and White: Monochromatic Paintings by Kenney Mencher and Caroline Meyer

2008 Art Museum of Los Gatos, California Sex, Politics and Misogyny Peter Langenbach and Kenney Mencher

2008 Sequential Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Cads and Coquettes
(Solo)

2008 Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, California
Lovers and Liars
(Solo)

2007 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Faces and Farces
(Solo)

2007 Gallery 2611, Redwood City, California
Clichés and Characters
(Solo)

2006 Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Kenney Mencher: Recent Work
(Solo)

2006 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Apperceptions and Allegories
(Solo)

2006 Norton Studio Gallery, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Being There
(Solo)

2006  Esteban Sabar Gallery, Oakland, CA
Similes and Sayings
(Solo Show)

2005  Dig Fine Art, Providence, RI
Clichés & Proverbs
(Solo Show)

2005 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Hamlettes on Wry
(Solo Show)

2005 Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA
(Solo Show)

2004 Louie-Meager Art Gallery, Gary Soren Smith Center, Ohlone College, CA
Dress Code
(Solo Show)

2004  STRS Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2001  Craighead-Green, Dallas, TX

Kenney Mencher and Connie Connally

1997 Laredo Center for the Arts, Laredo, TX
Noir Images
(Solo Show)



EXHIBITIONS: GROUP

2011 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
The Men's Room

2010 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA 
Go Figure

2010 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, California, 
Resurgence

2008 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, 
California Figurative Works by Gallery and Guest Artists

2007 Klaudia Marr, Santa Fe, NM 14th 
14th Annual Realism Invitational 2007

2006 Klaudia Marr, Santa Fe, NM
 13th Annual Realism Invitational

2006  Triton Art Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Beyond the Likeness: Self Portraits by California Artists

2003 Hang Gallery Palo Alto, CA
One More Thing Before I Go

1999 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
First Annual Realism Invitational

1998 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Small Works

1998 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Nancy Switzer, Milt Kobayashi, and Kenney Mencher