Granata served three years in the U. S. Navy during World War II, after which he studied sculpture at the University of Iowa, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in fine art. As a sculptor he worked in a variety of media and his pieces reside in the permanent collections of the Georgetown College in Kentucky and the Figge Art Museum in Iowa.
Granata earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in art at the University of Iowa and joined the Alabama art department in 1949. From 1968 to 1981 he chaired the art department, then became director of the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art until his retirement in 1988.
Granata died in 2009 after a long illness. He was survived by his wife, Clara, and two children, Diane and Gary.
- Cobb, Mark Hughes (March 11, 2009) "Ex-UA professor, sculptor dies." Tuscaloosa News