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In the 1960s, after one of DeGrazia's paintings was chosen for a highly popular
Hallmark cards, paperweights, refrigerator magnets, area rugs, dolls, plates and jigsaw puzzles were among the wares he produced or allowed others to mass produce.
His popularity, combined with the simplicity of some of his work, led many to dismiss him as simply a commercial artist. One critic called him "an expressionistic
He was more than that.
He studied muralism with
He wrote histories of Spanish explorers, including Father
He played trumpet and conducted a big band.
He challenged the government, burning 100 paintings, valued at
He designed and built the chapel and studio at the end of
He chronicled the lives of Mexicans, Navajos, Hopis and Tohono O'odham in his work.
And his simple renderings of faceless children of varying hues spoke to millions of people who bought and treasured his cards.
That could be art.
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