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In this document, Margarita Nieto interviews Frank Romero about his career as an artist as well as the current state of Chicano art. The artist opens up about his role in the artist collective, Los Four, and shares his thoughts on the basic tenets of Chicano art and his expectation for the future of the field. The document includes a brief artistic biography of Romero, highlighting his educational history, aesthetic influences, his pivotal participation in Los Four, and enumerating multiple individual and collective exhibitions in which he has participated.
Margarita Nieto is an art historian and professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge (in the Los Angeles area). She is one of the few historians to focus on the history of Los Angeles artists and art organizations, with an emphasis on the influence of American art on their work. This interview was published in Latin American Art magazine, which is significant—given its inclusion of Chicano art. It is very rare that publications focused on art below the Mexican border would incorporate a piece about a Chicano artist. As a result, the interview became an important introduction to Chicano art (especially as practiced in Los Angeles) for the Mexican, Central and South American readers that had limited exposure and knowledge of it.