24" X 36 Original Ozz Franca Oil Title Manhattan Skyline with Burning Ships
Born October 2, 1928, França (pronounced FRON-suh) grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and from an early age
he 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, França was unsure what he should do with his life. Fate stepped in,
and the Olympic Games were canceled the year França 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, França 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. França
painted many subjects, but he is best known for his esoteric images of Native
American women. França'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. França 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, director of marketing at Hadley House, 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. Lee said that França¹s beautiful prints, periodically
released by Hadley House "always sell well and continue to attract a
growing body of collectors. . ." After creating a spectacular body of art,
Ozz França died in 1991.
Collector's Mart: "Remembering the Legends" Ozz França: A Mystical
Visionary by Angela Howell. June 1993)