Hernando Gonzallo Villa
A commercial artist
and painter, he had a specialty which was the Old West--landscape, Southwest
Indians, and missions, which he did equally well in oil, watercolor, pastel, and
charcoal. But his most famous work is "The Chief," emblem of the Santa Fe
Railroad. He also did murals including one for the New Rialto Theater in
Phoenix, Arizona. He was born in Los Angeles, California, and was raised in a
cultured Mexican family from Baja, California. His mother was a singer and the
father was an artist with a studio on the Plaza. He studied locally with Louise
Garden-MacLeod at the School of Art and Design and then after studying in
Germany and England, taught two years at the School of Art. By 1906, he was
working as a commercial artist in Los Angeles where for forty years, he worked
as an illustrator for the Santa Fe Railroad.
Signed- Lower Left, March 1929
Size- 33"x 40"