There are plenty of eclectic places to see while in Venice, but one of the most brilliant places to visit is the Mosaic Tile House. This 1940’s home has been completely transformed into an art piece that is bigger and brighter than life itself.
What is the Mosaic Tile House?
The Mosaic Tile House is a brilliantly designed home that is modeled after Sam Rodia's works, who created his towers in Watts with only scavenged materials. Artists Gonzalo Duran and Cheri Pann transformed a plain 1940’s house in a bedazzled and jeweled work of art, created from colored tile and splintered glass.
The house wasn't originally intend to be a work of art. In fact, when Duran and Pann purchased the home, they originally intended on building a studio in the backyard. But as the two artists began to remodel the bathroom with broken tile and glass, the project took on a life of its own. It expanded from the bathroom to the kitchen then gradually took over the entire house.
Who are the artists?
As a child Cheri Pann would draw and color everything within her reach. It wasn't until her late teens though, when she went to see a Vincent Van Gogh exhibit, that realized that she was an artist. For the next few years she went to UCLA where she studied printmaking, then subsequently apprenticed herself to the printmaker Don LaViere Turner, and took additional printmaking classes at USC. Later, at Cal State L.A., she immersed herself in drawing and ceramics, eventually earning an Masters in Fine Art.
From the late sixties through the mid-nineties, Pann had more than 20 solo exhibitions in California and Japan, as well as having been in more than 50 group shows.
Since the mid-nineties she has exhibited exclusively in Venice, CA. with her husband, Gonzalo Duran.
Born in Mexico, Gonzalo Duran came to the U.S. at an early age and was raised in East LA. He attended Otis Art Institute and Chouinard Art School. Coined the Marc Chagall of the North and Central Americas, his brilliant, sometimes startling palette, complements his unbounded imagination.
About the house:
The Mosaic Tile house is located at 1116 Palms Blvd, Venice, CA. The home is open Saturdays from 1:00 - 4:00pm and reservations are recommended. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and children under 12 are free. For more information on admission and reservations click here!