Born in Düzkaya, Limassol, Cyprus in 1935, the artist studied at the Teacher’s Training College, Cyprus, Ankara Gazi Institute (painting). After years of work as arts teacher, the artist went to study jewellry at the London university in 1969. Mentes also works with ceramic, statue, and printing. The artist also published a book titled “Design and Painting”.
He participated in many local and international exhibitions, among them the 1st Asia-Europe Biennale. The artist currently lectures at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta, Cyprus..