John Wentz is a Paris-based visual artist and educator. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, his interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator eventually going on to receive his BFA from in painting from the Academy of Art University where he would serve as an instructor in Drawing, Painting, Anatomy, Composition, and Color Theory until 2012.
His work is an exploration of process and technique, working within the classical idiom of the human figure with the goal of reducing and simplify the image to its core fundamentals: composition, color, and mark making. He favors broad paint application and brush strokes as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer in a manner unique to painting. His recent works has also begun incorporating found objects and surfaces resulting in mixed media combine paintings. In addition to numerous group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, his works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards.