The Short Life of John Doe (La Vida Breve de Alfonso Fulano)
- Goez Studios Robert Arenivar David Botello Jose-Luis Gonzalez Juan Gonzalez
- Artwork Type
- Media & Support
- Acrylic on stucco
- 8 ft.x 60 ft.* (2.4 x 18.3 m)
- Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services
Centro Maravilla Service Center
4716 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
Founded in East Los Angeles in 1969 by José Luis Gonzalez, his brother Juan Gonzalez, and their friend David Botello, Goez Art Studio was originally a business that provided many artistic services including art restoration, advertisement design, custom furniture fabrication, and mural creation. In the 1970s Goez’s focus turned increasingly to murals and the Studio created many significant public artworks in the Los Angeles area.
José Luis Gonzalez directed the The Short Life of John Doe (La Vida Breve de Alfonso Fulano) mural project and Robert Arenivar (1931-1985) created the design. Robert Arenivar was born in Pittsburg, California but grew up in East Los Angeles and became a self-taught artist. When Goez formed, José Luis Gonzalez invited Arenivar to join the Studio. Arenivar quit his factory job and eventually became Goez’s head mural designer and illustrator.