Gronk is the moniker of artist Glugio Nicandro (born 1957 in East Los Angeles, California). Along with a vast and never-ending self-education, he studied visual art at East Los Angeles College and California State University, Los Angeles in the 1970s. Gronk is an enduring and influential figure in the Los Angeles and international art scenes—maintaining an active studio in downtown Los Angeles that functions as his live-work space and an epicenter for other artists and community members. along with a core group of artists, Gronk helped establish Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in 1978. In 1993, a traveling retrospective of his work, ¡Gronk! : A Living Survey, 1973-1993, was organized by the Mexican Museum in San Francisco and traveled to several institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Gronk exhibited at LACMA again in 2011 for the exhibition ASCO: Elite of the Obscure. Gronk's work is represented in numerous private and museum collections across the country, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles.
Gronk's untitled watercolor is the cover image for Bettering American Poetry Volume 2.