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 an 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 his 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. He illustrated a children's book called "He Who Saw Everything, The Epic of Gilgamesh" by Anita Feagles (copy written 1966).

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


  • Covington, Louisiana, Tung Oil Industry, 1939, oil on canvas
  • Hammond, Louisiana, Strawberry Farming, 1937, oil on canvas
  • Huntsville, Alabama, Tennessee Valley Authority, Federal Courthouse, oil on canvas
  • Kilgore, Texas, Pioneer Saga, 1941, oil on canvas
  • Kilgore, Texas, Drilling for Oil, 1941, oil on canvas
  • Kilgore, Texas, Music of Plains, 1941. oil on canvas
  • Kilgore, Texas, Contemporary Youth, 1941. oil on canvas

His wife, Ethel Edwards painted 2 murals; one titled Life on the Lake in 1942 at the Lake Providence, Louisiana post office and the other, titled Afternoon on a Texas Ranch, completed in 1941 at the Lampasas, Texas post office.


  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).

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