The Frogtown art scene to lose one of its pioneers

This Saturday will find artists and art buyers heading to the Elysian Valley studio of Chicano artist Frank Romero for his 29th annual Christmas show and sale.  This sale will be the last as Romero has announced he has sold the studio at the corner of Blake Avenue and Eads Street.  “I’m getting older and I want to scale back,” the 70-year-old Romero said in a KPCC interview with John Rabe.  Romero’s presence over the decades helped attract other artists to Elysian Valley, otherwise known as Frogtown, a sliver of small homes, warehouses and small factories wedged between the Los Angeles River and Riverside Drive.  Last year, Shepard Fairey, bought a small industrial building to use as a fine art studio and this year’s fifth annual Frogtown Artwalk featured more than 30 artists studios.  “The neighborhood is in constant change” said Romero.

Romero said he has agreed to sell the 4,400-square-foot building, which was listed at $799,000,  to a “young artist.”

Photo from LoopNet


  1. Sad day for Frogtown, but glad to hear that Mr. Romero was able to sell his property.

    We own several properties in that micro-neighborhood and believe strongly that it’s headed in the right direction. Bring on more artists!

  2. Recent news: the Romeros are not moving (at least immediately) and are having a great sale that will include many of Frank’s early works on April 9 and 10!

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