For about thirty years, Frank Romero, the groundbreaking Chicano artist known for his images of LA's car culture and portrayals of LA history like the killing of Ruben Salazar, has worked out of a studio and gallery in Frogtown, the neighborhood sandwiched between the LA River and Riverside Drive.
Now, at 70 and spending half the year in France, he's selling the place. He tells Off-Ramp host John Rabe this will be the last year the famous Christmas Show and Sale will be held at the gallery, and he explains why he's been focusing on painting offramps for the last few years.
This is the long version of their interview, conducted Monday, November 29th, at the Frogtown studio.
CLICK THROUGH for info on the sale, which starts this weekend.
The Romero's 29th Annual Christmas Show and Sale is at 1625 Blake Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90031, on Saturday, December 4 & 11, from 7-midnight; and Sunday, December 5 & 12, from noon-6p.