|Birth: ||Oct. 2, 1928, Brazil|
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 1991|
Oswaldo Franca (pronounced FRON-suh) known as Ozz Franca in the art world was born 2 Oct 1928 in Sarapui, Brazil, but grew up in Sao Paulo. From an early age he showed talent as an artist. At the age of 14 he won first prize at the annual Spring Salon Art Competition in Sao Paulo. From there he went on to win prizes all over Brazil. He held his first one man show at the age of 18. He graduated from the Fine Arts School in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1949. He decided to devote his life to art. Franca arrived in the U.S. on 1 Sep 1952 to accept a scholarship at the University of Utah. A year later he moved to Hollywood and began doing movie illustration for Walt Disney. He was proud that he was the first Brazilian artist to work as a cartoonist with Walt Disney. Some of his projects included 'Lady and the Tramp' and '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'. Franca painted many subjects, but he is best known for his esoteric images of Native American women. He sometimes worked from black and white photographs provided by is daughter. He would then complete the painting with a color scheme of his own choosing. He also painted many movie stars. The winner of numerous awards, including honors from the city of Los Angeles for his cultural contributions. Franca resided in a California desert community that afforded him the appreciaton and silence that allowed his creativity to flourish. After creating a spectacular body of art, Franca died in 1991 in Riverside, Calif.
(Bio composed of excerpts from several different sources found on the Internet.)
Mother's maiden name: Cerqueira (from Calif. Death Index 1940-1997)
Specifically: Died in Riverside, Calif.
Created by: Sunflower Lady
Record added: Nov 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79979819
Added: Feb. 6, 2013
I treasure my original oil painting that you created especially for me in 1950 when you were age 22 in Brazil. I just found your bio and decided to create a memorial for you so that you will always be remembered.|
Added: Nov. 6, 2011