Greg Brown (painter)

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Gregory Douglas "Greg" Brown (born October 23, 1951) is an American painter and native of Palo Alto, California, best known for his trompe l'oeil murals in the San Francisco Bay area.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Greg was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. on October 23, 1951. He is the son of KRON News Anchorman Art Brown, he was moved to Palo Alto at an early age, and at age 13 began an apprenticeship with Italian painter Roberto Lupetti, who taught him techniques of tromp l’oeil (“trick of the eye”) painting. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1969, and at age 24, he became Palo Alto’s first Artist in Residence; it was at this time that he began the fanciful “Palo Alto Pedestrian” series of murals in the city’s downtown. Later, he would start a business, Whitney Hopter Graphics, which primarily sold posters and greeting cards featuring “vacationing vegetables.”His many drawings, paintings, murals, and posters are located internationally, and can be viewed at In 2007, he was named “Artist of the Year” for the 11th California State Senate District.