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 Ozz Franca  (1928 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: California / Brazil      Known for: Indian figure, landscape, florals, nudes

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Oil on canvas, 24" X 36", signed Ozz Franca '63
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born October 2, 1928, Franša (pronounced FRON-suh) grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and from an early age showed talent as an artist, as well as exceptional prowess as a competitive swimmer. At 14 he won first prize at the annual Spring Salon Art Competition. At 15, he qualified for the Brazilian Olympic Swimming Team. With two amazing talents, Franša was unsure what he should do with his life. Fate stepped in, and the Olympic Games were canceled the year Franša was to compete due to the outbreak of World War II. At that point, he decided to devote his life to art.

He held his first one-man show at the age of 18. Following what he would later say was the best advice anyone ever gave him, Franša came to the U.S, to accept a scholarship in Utah. A year later, he moved to Hollywood and began doing movie illustration for Walt Disney. His projects included Lady and the Tramp and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. He moonlighted as a swimmer when movie parts were available.

Franša painted many subjects, but he is best known for his esoteric images of Native American women. Franša's art enters the world of fantasy and dreams, where the spiritual meets the sensual. His works, with their floating imagery and airy, muted colors, evoke an aura of mystery. Franša said he always painted his subjects, which primarily were women, either in profile, looking toward the edge of the painting, or looking over her shoulder, "so that anyone could walk into it."

Joan Lee, print marketing professional, said that Ozz saw the spirituality and quiet dignity of Native American men and women. "there's a romance surrounding Native Americans that people appreciate seeing," said Lee.

. ." After creating a spectacular body of art, Ozz Franša died in 1991.

Submitted by Gae Hirsch, Professional art instructor and appraiser.  She wrote: "I was recently in a position to do some research on this artist, and found all or part of the following bio on several different sites, both commercial and informational.

Sources Include:
Angela Howell, "Ozz Franša: A Mystical Visionary", Remembering the Legends by Angela Howell. Collector's Mart, June 1993

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A graduate in 1949 of the Fine Arts School in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ozz Franca was a painter of florals, nudes, landscpes, and seascapes, but was most known for Indian figures, especially beautiful women. At age fourteen he won First Prize as a Spring Salon exhibition in Sao Paulo, and in 1952, he received a scholarship to study at the University of Utah. He worked in California for Disney as a cartoonist.

His style frequently is abstraction and expresses his goal conveying the relationships of color and light on canvas and the variations in intensity.

He is represented in the following private collections:
Jacqueline Onassis
Lyndon B. Johnson
Patty Duke
Jerry Lewis
Kim Novak
Burt Lancaster
Gig Young
Tom Bradley
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Ronald Reagan
Red Skelton
George Wallace
Frank Sinatra
Rock Hudson
John Wayne
Nelson Rockefeller
Peter O'Toole
Mm. Chiang Kai Shek
Warren Dorn
Edward R. Roybal
Gregory Peck
Mrs. Robert Kennedy
Kirk Douglas
James Mason
Gina Lollobrigida
Carol Burnett
Sam Yorte

Submitted by  Norman Stephens


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