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Born on 18 Aug in Manila, Philippines. Youngest of six children to parents Jose Mendoza and Erlinda Mendoza. Graduated AB Behavioral Science, Cum Laude and Master in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude both from University of Santo Tomas. Late bloomer in arts. In 2010, enrolled at Yuchengco Museum's 'Shui Mo', traditional Chinese watercolor classes under Prof. Arsenia Lim, a highly regarded Taiwanese Shui Mo artist. Explored western art under the tutelage of known Tanay artists starting in 2011 under Adler Llagas for more than two years at ECCA Gallery and continued with  Brando Bati after.


  • 2012 – “Adler’s Angels”, ECCA Gallery, Valle Verde, Pasig City
  • 2013 – “The Appreciation of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy”, Federation Center, Binondo, Manila
  • 2014 – “Catch the Wind”, Old Manila Gallery, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
  • 2015 – “Catch the Wind 2”, Philippine Heart Center, Quezon City
  • 2016 – Philippine Zi-Der Chinese Art Club’s “10th Anniversary Exhibit of Chinese Calligraphy and Paintings”, Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Binondo, Manila
  • 2017 – “A Celebration of Filipino-Chinese Art” Wong x Patricio x Mendoza, Department of Foreign Affairs, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Associations of the Philippines, DFA, Roxas Blvd, Pasay
  • 2018 – "ArtForEveryone", The Atrium, Mall of Asia, Pasay | "Light & Shade Exhibition", First Pacific Leadership Academy, Antipolo
  • 2019 – "Freedom", Paseo Rizal, Mayagay, Tanay, Rizal | "ArtForEveryone", The Atrium, Mall of Asia, Pasay


Ioni's dream is to stage an international exhibition promoting the cause of corneal transplant. She is an organ recipient herself who undergone a successful surgery in 2004. For her, painting is “a gift of seeing the world under a borderless lens.”


Art+ magazine, Issue 40 (Sublime Attraction Cover), “The Artist’s Mentor” by Marz Aglipay, p43-44, October 2015., “Almost blind once, HR Manager finds new life in her paintings” by Joy Posadas