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“He helped introduce Chicano art to the world” — Exhibit honors the work and legacy of Frank Romero

Photo by Washington/Wave Tech Media

EL SERENO — Cal State LA’s Fine Arts Gallery presents an exhibition featuring five decades of paintings, neon art and ceramics created by legendary artist Frank Romero.

Romero, who was enrolled at Cal State LA in 1959 and took art courses in the space that now houses the Fine Arts Gallery, emerged as one of the city’s pioneering Chicano artists. His work was inspired in part by the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Romero was a member of Los Four, a Chicano art collective that was part of a groundbreaking 1974 exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — the first time Chicano artists were featured at a major U.S. art institution. “He helped introduce Chicano art to the world and influenced generations of artists,” said Professor Mika Cho, chair of the Cal State LA Art Department, in a statement.

Frank Romero: Soñando En East Los will be on exhibit through March 10. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Frank Romero signing exhibit posters | Ty Washington/Wave Tech Media

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