John Pendarvis
John Pendarvis - paintings, prints, biography, artist statement, selected exhibitions. He is an American artist born in South Carolina. Over the years he has explored his African American heritage using mixed media including paint, dye, ink, wax, paper and other media.
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John Pendarvis

About John

A native South Carolinian, my works include large collages, mixed media canvases, serigraphs and pieces on paper.  My canvases depict a celebration of life using themes of music, heritage, gardening and exploration.    Over the years I’ve painted the music of the world, Kente cloth and African masks – all a reflection of my love of music, my Southern heritage and African American heritage.  I’ve return to these themes over time, adding new themes such as my recent paintings of flowers from my garden which combine my love of painting, gardening and the outdoors. 


For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in creating.   As a very young child I would sit in front of the neighbor’s house, digging up clay to mold into objects.   Even before I started to attend school, I was drawing objects found in our home.   My art draws on life, loss and the need to capture some of what this journey gives me.    I celebrate life with my art and share that with others.


With a BS degree  in Mathematics as a base,  I continued my art education  studying with Leo Twiggs at South Carolina State University, New York City Arts Student’s League and the Greenville County Museum School of Art with Carl Blair.


My work has been accepted in national shows winning best graphics in Spring Mills Art Shows and first place in the Southeast Black Art Competition, North Carolina.  Works are included in the collections of Spartanburg Arts Council, Pickens County Museum of Art, South Carolina State University, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Fluor Corporation, Piedmont Orthopedic Associates, and many private collections across the United States.


John is represented by Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina


  • One-Man Exhibit, Carri Bass Photography, June 2014, Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Town Magazine, “Cultural Exchanges” Feature Article, February 2013, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Greenville Open Studios, Metropolitan Art Council, 2012 – 2005, Greenville, South Carolina
  • About-Face: A Counterpoint of Contemporaries, Greenwood County Museum of Art, February 2011, Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Limmers to Facebook: Portraiture from 19th to 21st Century, Asheville Art Museum, February – July 2010, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Artists of the Upstate Exhibit, Artisphere Festival, May 2010, Greenville, South Carolina