Artist Julio Granda was born in New York City and spent his high school years in Tampa, Florida. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1950, serving two tours of duty in Korea. He received his art training at the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union in New York City, and his MFA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Julio Granda has been painting in the Berkshires close to fifty years, since moving from New York City, where he was a successful art director and book cover designer. He settled in the town of Washington, MA, and later moved to Pittsfield, MA. Currently, Julio paints in his studio at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield.
Julio was a fine arts faculty member at Berkshire Community College for seventeen years, becoming department chair during his tenure there. In 1983 he was appointed by Governor Dukakis to serve on the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and was a charter member of the newly-formed Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council. He has exhibited both nationally and regionally and has work in many private collections as well as in public collections such as those of Brown University, Smith College, Yale University and the Chapin Library at Williams College.
His Illuminated Broadsides are in the rare or fine print collections of libraries and museums as well as in private collections throughout the United States. Among the poets and translators with whom he has collaborated or whose work he has illuminated are Martin Espada, Frederico Garcia Lorca, W.S. Merwin, Paul Metcalf/Herman Melville, Pablo Neruda, Ranier Maria Rilke, Richard Wilbur, Grace Paley and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.