Xavier Gonzalez

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Xavier Gonzalez
Born 1898
Almeria, Spain
Died 1993
Bronx, New York
Known for Mural painting, Sculpture
Spouse(s) Ethel Edwards

Xavier Gonzalez (1898 – 1993) was a Spanish American artist. He was born in Almeria, Spain.[1] He lived in Argentina and Mexico for some time, planning to become an engineer in a gold mine.[1] In 1925, he immigrated to the United States.

Gonzalez began his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1921 to 1923, and his uncle, José Arpa, studied with him there. He also studied at the San Carlos Academy in Mexico City, as well as in Paris and the Far East. In 1931, Gonzalez became a US citizen, and in 1935 he married fellow artist Ethel Edwards (1915-1999) who was a student of Gonzales at Newcomb College.[2] Gonzales commandeered the canteen wall at Newcomb for the use of his art students.[1]

Gonzalez's works have been displayed throughout the United States including at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in Paris, Venice, Brussels and Tokyo. He taught art at Tulane University, the Brooklyn Museum, Case Western Reserve University, and the Newcomb Memorial School of Art, and was the director of the art school at Sul Ross State Teachers College, in Alpine, Texas. In 1953, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1955.

Gonzalez died of leukemia in 1993, at the age of 94, at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, New York City.


  1. ^ a b c Richard MeGraw,"Confronting Modernity: Art and Society in Louisiana", University Press of Mississippi (2008), pp. 82-89. ISBN 978-1-57806-417-5.
  2. ^ Ethel Edwards (1915-1999), U.S. Department of the Interior (Bureau of Reclamation).