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Artist Ted De Grazia (1909and#8211;1982) lived life with passion and verve, embracing risk and romance, becoming a legend in Arizona and gaining international acclaim. De Grazia: The Man and the Myths is a biography that reveals the eccentric, colorful man behind the myths. This highly entertaining book by James W. Johnson with Marilyn D. Johnson looks at De Graziaand#8217;s life from his early years until his death.

and#160;and#160; and#160;Born in Arizona Territory to Italian immigrant parents, De Grazia, who was also known as Ted DeGrazia, had a humble childhood as a copper minerand#8217;s son influenced his famous persona later. De Grazia often held forth at his gallery in Tucsonand#8217;s Catalina foothills dressed in a pseudo prospectorand#8217;s getup of scraggly beard, jeans, flannel shirt, boots, and beat-up cowboy hat. Outrageous stories of womanizing, scores of children, and drinking binges created an eclectic image that fueled stories of mythic proportions, along with global sales of his colorful paintings inspired by the Southwest and Mexico. He made millions through his paintings and the licensing of his art for greeting cards and trinkets. Critics called his work kitsch or commercial, yet thousands of admirers continue to love it.

and#160;and#160; and#160;Calling De Grazia a complicated man doesnand#8217;t begin to explain him. He once described himself as and#8220;not saint nor devil, but both.and#8221; The first book of its kind, De Grazia: The Man and the Myths tells the story of a life remarkably lived.

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This is the first comprehensive biography of Ted DeGrazia, the Tucson artists known as much for his colorful paintings of the Southwest and Mexico as his eccentric personality. De Grazia: The Man and the Myths mines private archival sources, memoirs, and interviews to draw an intriguing new portrait of this western legend.

About the Author

James W. Johnson is a retired journalism professor at the University of Arizona, where he taught for twenty-five years. A veteran newspaperman, he has published six books, including two by the University of Arizona Press: Mo: The Life and Times of Morris K. Udall and Arizona Politicians: The Noble and the Notorious. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife, Marilyn.

Marilyn D. Johnson is a former reporter and copyeditor at the Oregonian, the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Business Gazette, and the Tucson Citizen. She holds a bachelors degree in English from San Francisco State University and a masters degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816530502
Author:
Johnson, James W.
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Author:
Johnson, Marilyn D.
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 b/w photos, 22 color photos
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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This is the first comprehensive biography of Ted DeGrazia, the Tucson artists known as much for his colorful paintings of the Southwest and Mexico as his eccentric personality. De Grazia: The Man and the Myths mines private archival sources, memoirs, and interviews to draw an intriguing new portrait of this western legend.
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