Glugio "GRONK" Nicandro
Glugio “GRONK” Nicandro (born 1954) co-founded the guerilla performance group ASCO (Spanish for “nausea”). The rebellious ASCO operated outside the boundaries of traditional “art”, expressing ideas and views through street theater and performance, photography, video, site-specific installations, murals, paintings and prints. Meanwhile, GRONK was also pursuing his own work in the form of drawings, paintings and solo performances. In 1978 he began keeping a kind of visual diary, a series of bound drawings executed daily, which now runs to some forty volumes. His paintings on canvas have grown in scale and now receive critical attention from galleries and museums throughout the United States. GRONK has had solo exhibitions at the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, in Los Angeles as well as locations in Seattle, Chicago and Paris. In 1994 he had a twenty-year retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In addition to his artwork, he has created set designs for theatrical productions and operas in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and Paris and has worked with the distinguished director Peter Sellars. In 1977, he was named Artist of the Year by the Mexican American Fine Art Association, Los Angeles.