An offset color print of the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona, (famed as the supposed location of the Lost Dutchman Mine), hand signed in black marker at lower left and dated there 1977 by the noted Arizona artist TED (ETTORE) DE GRAZIA (1909-1982), widely known as impressionist painter, sculptor, actor, director, designer, jeweler and lithographer. The work measures 14 1/2" by 19 1/4" in silver metal framing. De Grazia's imagery of angel-like southwestern children has been familiar to millions since the 1960's. The artist was one of seven children born to a Phelps Dodge copper miner in Morenci, Arizona in 1909. When the mine closed in 1920 the family returned to the father's native Italy. Upon returning to Arizona when the mine re-opened, the young De Grazia had forgotten much of his English. By 1933 he was enrolled at the University of Arizona, going on to degrees in the fine arts. Some of De Grazia's drawings were published in 1941 in Arizona Highways magazine. In 1942 the artist went to Mexico City where he met Diego Rivera, and for a time, he served as a muralist assistant to Rivera as well as J. C. Orozco. A photo shows the young De Grazia together with Rivera, who arranged for some of De Grazia's work to be exhibited in Mexico City at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. In 1960 De Grazia received a big break in the form of UNICEF using his imagery "Los Ninos" for a greeting card. From that point on his work was widely reproduced, leading some to say he was the world's most reproduced artist. In his later years, the artist concentrated on constructing the Gallery in the Sun in Tucson, a unique property from an architectural standpoint, making for a equally unique showplace for art. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places, and De Grazia is buried there. The print has water staining at bottom margin. Re-mat and hide this and the print will be ready for display.
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