Alejandro Romero (b. 1948)
Alejandro Romero moved from Mexico City to Chicago in 1976 and soon became one of the area’s premiere public works artists. His murals and posters were seen throughout the 1980’s all over the city, celebrating the variety of cultures and cultural events in the Midwest.
Music has always been one of his greatest inspirations, as he never paints without listening to music. Romero has become known for interweaving this passion for music with his visual work to produce lyrical scenes that best capture the spirit of his subject matter. In his still life in the Frontera Grill Collection, one gets a sense of this lyrical composition of the fruits and vegetables. Here the artist arranges a colorful composition of many of Latin America’s most important ingredients over the outline of a human figure, and in the process creates a fiery landscape memory, reminiscent of his childhood home in Tabasco, Mexico.