Maestro Carlos Cortez (2010)
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 is part of a collection of four prints titled, "REDS," which consists of four portraits. Each print measures 19 x 25 inches and is printed on red French Paper. All prints are embossed with a chop from the Taller Tupac Amaru and signed by the artist, Favianna Rodriguez. Each print was hand pulled by master printer and fellow Just Seeder, Jesus Barraza.
This image also appears in Firebrands: Portraits of the Americas, which is available from Justseeds.
* Note: When making a purchase you are purchasing only the Maestro Carlos Cortez print shown here.
19 x 25 in.
signed / numbered edition of 26