Painting of two children hugging tenderly, 24" by 20", unframed, signed at upper left by the noted Brazil-California 20th century artist OZZ FRANCA (1928-1991). Franca is perhaps best know 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 has acquired some abrasions and a small puncture at upper right; a short abraded tear at lower left, and a small tear at lower right. All can be professionally repaired.
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