Frank Romero grew up in the culturally mixed, middle-class Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights. During the height of the Chicano civil rights movement in the early 1970s, as a member of the Chicano artists’ group Los Four, he attained a new, high-profile status in the larger art community. Los Four, as well as other Hispanic artists throughout the West, used wall murals, graffiti, and street theater to protest America’s involvement in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Romero’s brightly colored paintings celebrate the Los Angeles culture of lowriders — the art of making something beautiful out of the ordinary.
Frutas y Verduras, 1986
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