A self-taught painter and native of Los Angeles, Frank Strasser is a celebrated local artist known for his acute sense of color and renegade Venice style.
After receiving his BA in English from Loyola Marymount University and touring Europe as a young man, he returned to LA inspired to paint, settled into a studio in Venice, and worked to capture the city’s natural beauty and wild spirit in acrylic-on-canvas.
Unencumbered by technical training, Strasser is an unabashed Primitive. His art celebrates the dream-like movie-set beauty of his native Los Angeles. His deceptively complex and luminous works are tinged with palpable nostalgia for retro LA.
Strasser’s iconic Venice scenes recently appeared in season seven of the ABC sitcom Blackish. Frank’s words and works have been featured in Chatham County Living Magazine, The Free Venice Beachhead, The Venice Historical Society Journal, Venice Paparazzi Magazine, and The Argonaut, among others.
Frank lived, painted, and performed music in Venice, California, for 40 years. In December 2017, it was time for a change of scenery and new inspiration. So he drove 2.500 miles from Venice Beach to a new home in Savannah, Georgia. He painted the mysterious low country and learned to drive a trolley and conduct history tours.
After four years in The South, Frank hit the road again, migrating west along historic Route 66. Life has come full circle. Strasser has resumed his lifelong love affair with the colorful landscape of The Golden State, living working in Huntington Beach, California—a half-hour south of his hometown, Culver City, The Heart of Screenland.