Romero pulls together a wide variety of cultural icons from the city’s history including the LA County Fair, Antique Row, the Arts Colony, the Wally Parks Motorsports Museum, and the goddess of Pomona herself.
“This is a symmetrical design which contains elements from many interesting aspects of the city of Pomona. These include: the goddess Pomona herself, orange trees from a bygone era, low-riders from the many car shows, the Ferris wheel, horse racing and farm animals from the Fairplex, the antique and art colony arches, and the Fox theater from downtown. The style of this piece is inspired by orange crate graphic labels.”
About the Artist
SONIA ROMERO (b. 1980, Los Angeles, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist known for her dynamic combination of printmaking, paper-cutting, painting, and sculpture which she incorporates into her fine art and public art commissions. Calling upon her own experiences and perspectives as a multiracial person, Romero creates work that reflects the cultural diversity found in the communities of Los Angeles, and themes relating to the universal connectedness within humanity as well as its relationship to the environment. Her distinctive paper-cut shapes and patterns can be found in steel, tile, or paint in one of her many large-scale permanent installations in notable locations such as Little Tokyo, the Mariachi Plaza and MacArthur Park Metro Stations and the Artesia County Public Library. Romero, whose work has been acquired into the collections of prominent institutions including Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian, grew up in an artistic household in Echo Park and formally studied at the Rhode Island School of Design.