Frank Romero comes from a background that is quintessentially American, but it was only in the mid-1970s, when he became identified with a distinct minority as a member of the Chicano artists group "Los Four," that he received his first significant professional recognition. His father's family had lived for several generations in New Mexico before moving to Los Angeles, while his mother's family had settled originally . . .

photo: Rick Myer
It can be difficult being typecast because in one sense you always want to be mainstream. I want to be known as an American artist and of course I am. But I don't have any qualms about being many things. I'm very proud that I'm Chicano. . . . It doesn't make me less American. I think it makes me more American.1