Bernie Granados Jr.
Coho Tippy, Bernie, and Bandit.
Granados,Jr. is a
multi-talented artist who works in a wide variety of mediums, including embossed
acrylic paintings, watercolor, Prismacolor pencil, pen and ink drawings, wood
carvings, ceramic, and bronze. Drawing from his Apache and Zacatec roots, Mr.
Granados produces paintings, sculptures, masks, prints, and miniatures featuring
beautiful images of horses, buffalo, and ancient ancestral figures inspired by
by visions and cave art throughout America. He finds inspiration in Nature’s
force and beauty, his smarter-than-human quarter horses, his fellow artists, and
his love and respect for the Creator.
As a youth he derived
inspiration from the old and contemporary masters, spending much time in art
galleries and museums and enjoying time in the presence of these celebrated
pieces of art history.
Mr. Granados is a gifted
teacher who headed the Fine Arts Department of the Intertribal Pre-University
Summer Program at University of California, Irvine and taught at the High School
for the Arts in Los Angeles. He is listed in the Biographical Directory of Native
American Painters. Bernie was one of the featured artists in the LACMA
Exhibition "Native Artists for the 21st Century" and has
had many one-man shows spanning both coasts. He
created the "MADCOWpony" for Horsepower New Mexico’s "Trail of
Painted Ponies." It was purchased by the late Buck Owens.
worked in the film industry for 24 years. Granados’ works are collected by such
notables as Ben Kingsley, Dustin Hoffman, and Rodney Grant. His artworks have
been used in such shows as "The Native Americans", "Highway to Heaven",
"Gabriel’s Fire", "Who’s Harry Crumb?", "Speechless", "Evolution",
CSI, "Guns, Girls, and Gambling", and "The Gates".
Commission for CSI, an "ancient" etching of Romulus and Remus.
Today Mr. Granados’ ongoing
passion is helping Native youth cultivate their artistic talent and knowledge.
He is currently Artist in Residence at the Southwest Museum and is assisting the
Museum in developing the "Native Mentors" program which provides an
educational opportunity for Native youths to learn more about the arts from the
Native professionals in the community. This curriculum is now available for
tribes to develop native youth’s artistic techniques at the professional
Now, the artist has
many new editions available in ceramic tile, bronze, giclees, and incised-metal
editions. The editions are now available at the Smithsonian Museum Stores in
Washington D.C., The National Museum of the American Indian, New York.
also has work at The Southwest Museum Store in Highland Park, California,
where is proud to be an "artist-in-residence" and co-founder of the "Native
Mentors" program. (more at www.indianfamilies.org)
Horse Cave" 40' cave installation, designed by the artist and
completed with the help of the intrepid staff and volunteers of the
Southwest Museum. The exhibition, "Spirit Horses", curated by Dr.
Kathy Whittaker, was up for over 2 years.
The "Spirit Horses" Mural. in the
Sprague Auditorium. The horse-images are 24" and 36" long.
Pride" B-25j nose art commissioned by Michael Landon Productions. Shown
here with Eli Wallach, Michael Landon and Victor French.
Welcomes the World" the official Olympic mural 50' x 100' (1984) executed with East
L.A. muralists Jose Luis Gonzales and the late Robert Arenivar, for the
Senora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula" on the North wall of the
State Building at Leighton and Vermont Streets, across the street from the Los
Angeles Coloseum. Below, a shot of the mural taken December of 2006. This mural
is located on the North wall of the State Building at Leighton and Vermont Ave.
in South Central Los Angeles, California
Below, another view.
American Maskmakers” Two Bears Gallery, Brentwood, Calif.
Ranch Invitationals” Santa Ynez, Calif.
Marketplace” Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, Calif.
American Indian Art Market” Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ
American Masks” Raven Gallery, Minneapolis, Minn.
Indian Exhibition” Hilton of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
pony” decorated horse, Trail of Painted Ponies, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Design, and solo exhibit for “All’s Well That Ends Well” Luckmann Theater,
Cal State Los Angeles, Calif.
used for Turner Network’s “The Native Americans” movie of the week.
Artists for the 21st Century" Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Curated "Native Voices" Native-American Artists'
collage, original destroyed in a studio fire in 1979.
Messin' with the "King"