|The Arrest of the Paleteros.
Giclee print, 29¾" x 26½", 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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