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OZZ FRANCA (1928-1991) painting of city skyline by acclaimed California Mid Century artist

OZZ FRANCA (1928-1991) painting of city skyline by acclaimed California Mid Century artist

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1980: Item # 1415950

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Painting of a city skyline, perhaps New York or San Francisco, 20" by 16", (25" by 21" framed), signed at upper right by the noted Brazil-California 20th century artist OZZ FRANCA (1928-1991). Franca is perhaps best known for his paintings of Native American women, and "Big Eye" children, but he also painted a wide range of other subject matter. The Askart listing says he painted, among other subjects, fantasy, dreams/mystery, female figure, still life, cityscapes, seascapes, and pure abstraction. The artist grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil where he had his first solo show at age 18. A powerful swimmer, he was destined for the Olympics, but World War II disrupted his plans in that direction. The alternate plan, art, worked out well, as it turned out. Franca moved first to Utah and then to California, working for the Disney Studios on Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Lady and the Tramp. In subsequent decades, he became a prolific painter, and evidently made inroads with celebrities. His website shows photos of a handsome man with Jayne Mansfield, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, and Marlon Brando. This painting is in excellent original condition. This sleek work in subdued colors likely dates to about the 1970's. Franca's art appeals to collectors of Mid Century and Big Eye school paintings.