Luis Mendoza Ortiz
Relationship to Chicago:
• Born in Apaseodelato, Guanajuato, Mexico.
• Came to the U.S. in 1925.
• Grew up around Taylor and Halsted in Chicago.
• Became an acrobatic clown for Cole Brothers-Clyde
Baily circus. He belonged to a troupe of acrobats
who worked all kinds of shows.
• 1940 married Florence Ann Pohl.
• 1942 joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was
discharged in 1945.
• He served on Guadalcanal and received the purple
• After the war he worked for Limberg Steal and Heat
• 1947 he started attending the Art Institute of
Chicago part time.
• 1950-1954 he started attending the Art inst. full time
on the G.I. bill.
while in school full time he was also working full
• The Limberg Steal company moved, and then he
went to work for Crane Ornamentall Iron Works.
• When Crane moved, he went to work at The John
Career Library as a custodian.
• When that building was torn down he got a job
across the street as a doorman.
• 1952-73 he was very active exhibiting his work in
• In the mid 60’s he exhibited with the Findgarden
Gallery in Chicago on Oak St.
• He stopped exhibiting around the early 70’s, but
continued to paint and draw.
• He and his wife had two children, Errol and Donna.
• He died March 27, 1997 in Roseburg, Oregon and
is buried at Eagle Cemetery, a military cemetery in
He signed his paintings in various ways, sometimes the Spanish way , as Luis M. Ortiz, or the English way, as Louis M. Ortiz, or another Spanish way, Luis Ortiz Mendoza.
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Places Of Residency:
Chicago, IL; Mexico; Oregon.