Artist Showcase with Jeff Granito, Noah & Michelle Romo
WonderGround Gallery, Downtown Disney® District, Disneyland® Resort
Join us as we welcome artists Jeff Granito, Noah & Michelle Romo, March 22, 2014 from 11a.m. – 1p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney® District. Stop by and take a look at some of their latest releases!
El Gato Gomez (not appearing)
El Gato Gomez
I am a professional artist based in Western PA. My main focus as an artist is to bring new life and my own personal voice to the classic mid-century style of painting and graphic design. I have been enchanted by the whimsical imagery of the era since I was a small child. My mother’s box of books and records from her own childhood in the 1950s held my attention for hours. One of my most prized possessions is a late 1960s souvenir book from Disneyland. It was something my mother had saved from a visit just before I was born. I never tired of prodding her for details about The Haunted Mansion, The Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Teacup ride.
This fascination with all things retro carried over into adolescence and adulthood. In my teen years, a great interest in the Beat poets developed, and later an obsession with the modernist-style furnishings and architecture of the 1950s and 60s. Other inspirations include: “B” horror movies, funky album covers, pulp art, and abstract expressionism. I just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff.
Jeff Granito was born and raised in Southern California, minutes away from the “Happiest Place on Earth”. Way too fearful of the Pirates of the Caribbean, and too motion sensitive for the teacups, he spent much of his time soaking in the design and art that created the magical park. Jeff would spend hours as a child in his bedroom drawing pictures and making paper sculptures of the many different attractions. He would construct the Matterhorn out of Legos and recreate the roller coasters that he would only dare ride in his imagination.
Growing up and leaving the sun and sand behind, Jeff studied for four years at Tufts University in Boston earning a BA in History. After graduation, he came home that summer to Southern California and registered for two night classes. One in advertising, the other course was graphic design. It was then that he discovered, the thing that he had always enjoyed doing as a child finally had a name. In 1994 he graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Soon after graduation, Jeff had the privilege of working on a real life Disneyland® project. His first project was designing new art for the parks shopping bags! Since then, he has designed a variety of art and merchandise that has gone home in those bags for pleased Disney customers.
Going on fifteen years, Jeff continues to work as a freelance artist for the parks as well as other Disney divisions. He also creates art for Warner Brothers, DC Comics, Cartoon Network, Sketchers, and many other prestigious companies coast to coast. It is now his pleasure and honor to be a featured Disney artist.
Working out of his home studio, he is thrilled to be living close to the park that initially sparked his creativity as a child. He now takes his own family to experience the magic that Walt created many years ago. But you won’t find him upside down on California Screamin’, spinning at the Mad Tea Party, or launching into space. He’s most content absorbing the view, shopping bags in hand.
Michelle Romo is a self-taught illustrator and designer, whose influences include Mid-Century, Japanese, and Scandinavian design, and pretty much anything cute. Michelle also has been designing under the name Crowded Teeth since 2004. After three years of managing production by herself, Michelle decided to make the switch to licensing her art for products. Crowded Teeth is still going strong today with a line of tees, bags, accessories, and stationery.
Her line, Crowded Teeth began in 2004 when Michelle got the bug to design cute, affordable products based on her illustrations.
Originally Crowded Teeth was a line of jewelry, tees, scarves, pins and patches. After three years of managing production by herself, Michelle decided to make the switch to licensing her art for products. Teaming up with great companies allows for the creation of more great art and more great product design!
Crowded Teeth has a handful of licensees creating special products and is looking to expand worldwide!