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Designer Name: Xavier Gonzalez
Born-Died: 1898 – 1993
Style: Xavier Gonzalez was known for his unusual versatility at making sculptures and paintings in various styles, both abstract and figurative. However, he was perhaps best known as a muralist. Some of his murals included the Contemporary Youth, Music of Plains, Drilling for Oil, Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tung Oil Industry.
Materials Used: Xavier Gonzalez was renowned primarily for his works in oil on canvas.
Specialized In: Fine Art
History of designer: Gonzalez was born in Spain in the coastal city of Almeria. When he was eight, he moved with his family to Seville. After later moving to Mexico, he attended the San Carlos Academy where he studied art. Xavier Gonzalez also studied mechanics by correspondence in 1916. He worked in the Oro Mining Railroad Company, the Inter-Oceanic Railway, and in a draftsman’s office in Mexico.
Following the events of the First World War, Gonzalez traveled to Central America and to Europe. In 1922, he arrived in the United States. There, he worked as a window dresser in Chicago and then for a railroad in Iowa. After his stint in the U.S., he chose to return to Mexico to teach briefly in public schools. He then chose to study in New York where he decided to become an official citizen of the United States in 1930. He proceeded to teach periodically at summer artists camps.
Xavier Gonzalez spent most of his life being dedicated to the arts and received the Florence Brevoort-Eickmeyer Prize in 1987.
Signed abstract landscape by Xavier Gonzalez dated 1950, rendered in mixed media on paper.
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