Originally from Huntington Beach, California, Peter Schworer was an avid and accomplished surfer and well known on the points and breaks both in his native California and his adopted Mexican Pacific coast.
In 1988, Peter designed, built and marketed “The Giant Wave Photography Prop”, a surf sculpture used as a photographic backdrop and of which, between 1989 and 1991, 28 were sold in England, Australia, Canada and the United States.
Peter’s work with “The Wave”, in association with Mak’n Waves, Inc., was featured in Entrepreneur magazine in 1989 and again as the cover story in August, 1991. Comments and articles on his artwork and “The Wave” made it to the front pages of fifty-four US. newspapers.
In the early 1990s Peter suffered a serious surfing accident on one of the Mexican beaches which laid him low and immobile for a period of many months. Already with a degree in commercial art from Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, Peter took up painting during his period of convalescence and quickly mastered techniques, principally in oil on canvas, that allowed him to express his love of the beaches, palms and surf that he most loved.
His paintings have appeared in numerous art shows and festivals, including:
- Hermosa Beach, CA. from 1994-1997, where he took “Best of Show”
- Orange County Fair
- Ventura County Fair
- Hermosa Beach Pier Grand Opening, 1993 (“Best of Show”)
In December of 2000, Peter opened the Z-Town Gallery in downtown Zihuatanejo, to enthusiastic response from supporters and lovers of his art.
Peter Schworer passed away on May 17th, 2002 in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.