Luis Mendoza Ortiz

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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 heart. • After the war he worked for Limberg Steal and Heat treating. • 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 time. • 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 Chicago. • 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 Oregon. 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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Country of Origin:
Places Of Residency:
Chicago, IL; Mexico; Oregon.
Art Form:
Drawing, Painting.