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Frank Romero
The Arrest of the Paleteros.
print, 29" x 26", 2005.
Original: Oil on canvas, 144" x 96", 1990.
Los Angeles native Frank Romero studied art at Otis College of Art and Design and California State College (now California State University) at Los Angeles. Romero was one of the founders of Los Four, whose collaborations brought Chicano street art to the attention of the mainstream art community of Los Angeles. The University of California, Irvine, presented an exhibition of the group in 1974, which subsequently was shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum.

Romero worked as a designer for Charles Eames and A&M; Records, and was the design director of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency when he designed the first section of the Broadway Sidewalk Project. Set between 3rd and 8th streets on one of the city's densest pedestrian traffic areas, the Broadway Sidewalk Project is a series of three murals that incorporate cultural images from many ethnic groups that shop on Broadway. In 1981, he curated the highly regarded exhibition, The Murals of Atzlan, at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Although he is known as one of the city's foremost muralists, Romero is now primarily a studio artist. His work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows including the national exhibitions, Contemporary Hispanic Art in the U.S. and CARA-Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation 1965-1985.

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