Maestro Carlos Cortez

Maestro Carlos Cortez

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25 x 19 inches



Signed by the Artist/Numbered Limited Edition of 26 


Carlos Cortez was my mentor and symbolized for me what it was to be a true artist of the people. He was a poet, graphic artist, photographer, muralist and political activist with the Industrial Workers of the World.


I met Carlos in Los Angeles in 1998 and I was immediately inspired by his beautiful spirit. Ten days after Carlos passed, I had a vivid dream about him… I was in New York, at a cultural center. I walked into the printmaking room with a large table and loads of woodcutting supplies.


There at the end of the long table, was Carlos, carving away at one of his linocuts. There he was with his long white hair and his big belly. I walked up to Carlos, and he stood and gave me a big hug. He told me to continue working and to keep going, to stay true to the movement. He held me for a long time in his warm hug.


Que Viva el Maestro Carlos Cortez!


This piece was printed on red French Paper at the Taller Tupac Amaru in Oakland, California, and contains a studio chop.