Living within the art you create.

Every surface is a canvas for artists Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran, who have covered the walls, floors and landscape of their Venice home with mosaic tiles, broken plates, figurines -- even teacups.

Every surface is a canvas for artists Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran, who have covered the walls, floors and landscape of their Venice home with mosaic tiles, broken plates, figurines — even teacups.

So is it Fork Art?

Even though this would usually be classified as folk art, the two artists that created the Mosaic House and call it home don’t necessarily consider themselves to be folk artists. Folk art to them is unplanned & obsessive, while the work they do is more thought out and refined.

The many faces of Gonzalo Duran.

After a short personal tour given by Cheri, I spent the next 2 hours exploring their home inside and out.

The dark side of Cheri Pann.

The dark side of Cheri Pann.

Indeed, as longtime "significant others," who are now officially husband and wife, artists Pann and Duran have embraced the dual motifs of harmony and love.

As longtime “significant others,” who are now officially husband and wife, artists Pann and Duran have embraced the dual motifs of harmony and love. They both paint and sculpt, but tile is the medium they share most intimately.

These long time lovers waited 10 years before finally tying the knot.

These long time lovers waited 10 years before finally tying the knot.

Coffee mugs, handles poking out for the grabbing, line window frames.

Brightly hued mosaic tiles, figurines, miniature tea sets and smashed-up plates are cemented onto walls, inside and out.

Pann, a painter, potter and sculptor, bought the house in 1994.

Pann bought the house in 1994. The interior was a wreck and the beige stucco exterior was unacceptably bland.

...where she soon set about erecting a studio the size of a small barn.

She liked the house for its enormous backyard and eventually filled that space by erecting a studio the size of a small barn.

The kilns share a room behind the main studio with Duran's surrealistic works, painted in the hot colors of Mexico.

The kilns share a room behind the main studio with Duran’s surrealistic works.

Some clients have dubbed him the Mexican Marc Chagall.

Some people have called him the Mexican Marc Chagall.

One room led to another...

After the studio was built, the couple decided to jazz up a couple of drab bathrooms with tile. One room led to another…

...and another...

…and another…

...and another.

…and another.

Pann grew up in East Los Angeles.

Pann grew up in East Los Angeles. Her mother envisioned her as a performer and sent her to piano, dance and acting lessons. But at 18, Pann went to a Van Gogh retrospective and there standing before one of his paintings, she proclaimed herself an artist.

From the late 1960s to the mid-'90s, she exhibited in California and Japan.

From the late 1960s to the mid-’90s, she exhibited in California and Japan. She studied printmaking, drawing and ceramics at UCLA, USC and Cal State Los Angeles.

One day at the shop, she said, "we just started kissing."

Born in Mexico, Duran, immigrated to LA as a boy. He went on to study at the Otis Art Institute and Chouinard School of Art. He meet Pann while working at Nova Color, a Culver City artists paint store. One day at the shop, they hit it off and just started kissing each other.

They enjoy salsa dancing and pedaling their tandem bicycle on 60-mile loops through the hood...

They enjoy pedaling their tandem bicycle through the hood…

...snapping up ceramic treasures and plastic toys at garage sales...

…and snapping up ceramic treasures and plastic toys they find at garage sales.

Friends leave broken plates at the doorstep, knowing they will find new life on a wall, path or improvised gate.

Friends leave broken plates at the doorstep, knowing they will find new life on a wall, path or improvised gate.

Each weekend, Duran spends eight to 12 hours incorporating their finds into what Pann calls the ultimate "honey, do" project.

Duran spends eight to 12 hours a weekend incorporating their finds into incredible works of art.

They began giving tours years ago.

They began giving tours years ago. Opening their home to anyone who calls or emails them and pays $12 upon their arrival.

Beanie Babies, mostly donated by children who have visited, fill the dining room wall.

Beanie Babies, mostly donated by children who have visited, fill the dining room wall.

Cheri's darker side can be seen on a small portable fridge filled with discarded Barbi Dolls and condoms.

Cheri’s darker side can be seen on a small portable fridge filled with discarded Barbi Dolls and condoms.

Gonzalo's Studio

Gonzalo’s Studio

Gonzalo's latest piece is an autonomous machine.

Gonzalo’s latest piece is an autonomous machine.

Front Patio Craziness

Front Patio Craziness

Front Screen Door

Front screen door…Bye/Thanks MTH! Open everyday from 11am-3pm, email mosaictilehouse@mac.com for an appointment.