Sonya Fe: “Three Blocks From Dogtown”


JUNE 11, 2022- JULY 9, 2022

Eastern Projects is pleased to announce: “Three Blocks from Dogtown”, a solo exhibition by Sonya Fe. Show runs from Saturday, June 11, 2022, to Saturday, July 9, 2022. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, June 11, 2022, 5pm- 9pm. This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibition reflects social and cultural issues centering around women and children, a biographical depiction of the Fe’s own life and of those often overlooked. Most of these paintings reflect the many facets of being female and Fe’s own experiences as a woman. She paints for women, and to show them they are not alone with all their doubts, pain, confusion, sexuality, and joys.

“I believe that children should be painted with honor. A child deserves the respect to be painted not as a cute little angel, but as a person with dignity. Not everything in a child’s world is simple. They are the best subject to paint because they host a wide spectrum of characters and personalities. I find that I can relate most closely with children, which is why I paint them so often.” – Sonya Fe


Sonya Fe grew up drawing with chalk and crayons on the cement floors of her family’s Los Angeles home known as Dogtown— Each day, a new masterpiece was created and then mopped clean by her mother each night. Her father, Joseph M. Williams would often take her to draw in parks and the neighborhood. Her brothers, sisters, and mother were supportive of her focused interest in art. At age 13, Sonya won an art scholarship to attend a summer program at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. She then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Her beautifully executed paintings often focused on the plight of women and children.

 During the pandemic, to protest the horrible treatment of migrant children being locked in cages, Fe created eight large-scale murals in Las Cruces, New Mexico – each 50 feet long – to document this inhuman travesty. These can be viewed at Additionally, Sonya was commissioned by the California Lottery to paint a mural for Latino Heritage month, which hangs at the MALDEF headquarters located Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout California, nationwide and also in Mexico and Japan. Fe’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the CCH Pounder Collection; the Cheech Marin Collection; the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California; and most notably, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. Fe has taught at the College of the Redwoods in Humboldt County, California. She has published children’s stories and a drawing book, and is the co-founder of Publishing Children’s Stories, a program for elementary schools that teaches to integrate literacy, art, and technology. The artist is also an art editor and a writer for Joaquin magazine, a California-based publication, furthermore she has been published in numerous other magazines. Sonya has a book coming out soon called “Barrio Girl Goes to Europe” and other stories.

Frank Romero: “Return To Paradise” On the beach at Hanalei Bay


Paintings by Frank Romero on the beach at Hanalei Bay

MARCH 19, 2022- APRIL 30, 2022

 “Return To Paradise” is an exhibition of new works on paper, canvas, and low relief sculptures of Hawaiian landscapes and classic cars seen on the island by the artist. 

Romero first went to Kauai in the early 1980s with his family and old friend, Carlos Almaraz. He got to know the north shore around Hanalei Bay,  and Carlos loved it so much that he stayed and ultimately purchased a house with his wife, Elsa. Frank went back occasionally to see Carlos and Elsa and got to know the area even better, particularly the ocean vistas and mountain views. Both Frank and Carlos have captured the mountains particularly when it rains, and the mountains come alive with waterfalls in their paintings and graphic works.  

For many years, Frank and his wife, Sharon, have spent their spring and summers in the south of France where Frank painted many landscapes of Provence, still life drawings and paintings, and scenes of daily life in bistros, beaches, mountains, and valleys. He has also painted cars and Parisian cityscapes. 

During the last two years when the Covid-19 pandemic restricted travel to Europe, Frank and Sharon decided to go to the Kauai near the village of Hanalei. They asked  Elsa to recommend a house that they could rent and create artworks in paradise. They ended up in a seaside home at Tunnels Beach near Elsa’s and the entry to trails where long hikes could end up close to the Nā Pali Coast.  

Frank spent the entire month of July 2021 painting in and around this special part of  Kauai. His current exhibition at Eastern Projects is full of the images that caught Frank’s attention, the plants and flowers, the sea and beaches, the palm trees, the steep mountains with their waterfalls, and the magical sunsets from the north shore of Kauai.

Artist’s Bio 

Frank Romero (Los Angeles, 1941) began his art career in the early 1970s as a participant in the art collective Los Four. The group defined and promoted awareness of the Chicano community in Los Angeles with their art. Romero’s murals and Los Four’s activism in the Chicano Civil Rights movement brought Chicano art to the attention of the mainstream art world and made an impact when the collective was invited to have the first Chicano exhibition in a mainstream museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 1974. 

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Simón Silva: Character & Characters

JANUARY 15, 2022 5-9pm


Eastern Projects is proud to present, our first show of 2022, Simon Silva “Character & Characters”. 


Proof of vaccination or a recent Covid test (72 hours), masks and temperature checks are mandatory for entry. Once inside, social distancing will be enforced to keep us all safe.

Artist’s Statement 

Works featured in Character & Characters are a new body of work from two ongoing studio series entitled HEARoes & Characters, I have decided to focus on  persons with character and others that are just characters.  We all have something to contribute to this thing called, “life”, specifically by helping others discover the truth about themselves. The truth is, that our greatest asset is our individuality! 

I now understand the arts are an extension of my personal learning. I have extended my artistic interests to writing and public speaking. I needed a new direction and I decided to look to people that had inspired my personal growth and my existence.  

Now, more than ever, we need to look to the arts to save the world, even if it happens one person at a time. 

Life is still worth living when we fill our minds and our lives with things that are inspirational and motivational; things that help put us back together and become whole! 

Artist’s Bio 

Born in Mexicali, Mexico, Simón Silva received his BA from the Art Center College of Design in 1986. Living and working in Los Angeles, Silva’s work is rooted in exploring the hidden educational benefits that can be derived from the Arts. 

Silva has embraced the Arts as the key source of his educational journey and personal growth. 

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