Restoration Projects by Jose Luis Gonzalez

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Jose Luis Gonzalez

Restoration projects are what brought in sufficient funds to cover expenses for the activities of Goez Art Studio and Gallery.  These expenses included, not only general expenses for the building, but for art supplies for all the artists who were welcome to produce and exercise their gifts and talents.  At Goez, artists found a place to work and display their works for sale.

One of my most interesting projects, was the restoration, in the early 70’s, of this marble sarcophagus that contained the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi.


Archdiocese of Los Angeles Catholic Tidings newspaper clip showing Jose Luis Gonzalez as he is restoring the 11′ statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Mary’s Hour event in the Coliseum. This was the first time Joe came out in a newspaper, around 1956, while he was still attending Don Bosco Technical Institute and employed by Fusek’s Religious Art Studio in Los Angeles.


Restoration of a guard from the Ming Dynasty, in progress, in preparation for the gold leaf.

Restoration of marble statue of Maha Mundra for Self Realization Fellowship.

This triptych of religious art was brought to Goez for restoration.

“The restoration of the altar at Assumption Catholic Church,” said Joe, “brought good memories, for this was my parish growing up and attending Assumption School.”

JL Goez

These are samples of some of the tiles that had to be replaced at the Workman Temple Home restoration project, in the City of Industry. They were all hand painted tiles. The ceramic toilet fixtures were also produced and finished to match the originals. When completed and installed, one could not tell which were new.

San Fernando Mission, after the total reconstruction of the Mission Church and recreation of the Tongva Indians’ artwork from 1797.  Joe Gonzalez (JL Goez) was assisted by Robert Arenivar, Manuel Venegas, and a young Mr. Esparza, an apprentice from East Los Angeles.

JL Goez

News article during the restoration of the San Pedro mural. News Pilot, Vol 45, #142, San Pedro CA, Aug 20 1975


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