1984. 9 x 12". Original color tile of portrait of John Steinbeck given to the Catherian L. & Robert O. Mc Mahan Foundation in recognition of its generous contribution to the large Monterey Mural which is mounted on the exterior wall of the Monterey Conference Center. Fine condition. These recognition tiles, apparently each one unique, are uncommon and the only one we've handled. Item #18758
Guillermo Wagner Granizo was born in San Francisco in 1923. He spent his boyhood years in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua where he began to appreciate ceramics and the freedom of expression of non-traditional art. Granizo devoted all of his energies to the rendering of ceramic tile murals and mosaics with special attention to the creative uses of color glazes. In the late 70's he began an extraordinary career transformation as a ceramic tile muralist, historian and fine artist. Many of his works are on public display in many cities in California, the U.S. and the world. In 1984, the City of Monterey installed one of Granizo’s large murals depicting the rich history of the Monterey Peninsula including native Rumsen Indians who lived there thousands of years ago and continues with the historical documentation of many events of the area. Also included is Father Junipero Serra who founded the mission in Monterey, the Spanish attacking in the early 1800's and the historical developments that took place there up until 1983. Near the upper right had corner of the mural, Granizo depicts three men in a hot air balloon (Bing Crosby, Samuel Morse (Del Monte) and John Steinbeck). Granizo included them to depict these three men as major contributors to the development of modern day Monterey. It was Granizo's way of denoting a bit of modern history in a whimsical way. Originally costing $77,000, the Monterey mural was paid for by the donations of local businesses, organizations, families and individuals. In recognition for certain of these donations, the City of Monterey gave each a unique Granizo tile, this tile on offer being a study for John Steinbeck’s appearance in the mural.