Carlos Cortéz was a Chicago-based artist, poet, illustrator, muralist, and activist. Regarded as a political artist, both in practice and belief, he is best known for his prints and illustrations that address labor rights, union organizing, identity and culture. As a longstanding Chicago community activist, Cortéz was integral to the Museum’s founding and mission. The NMMA frequently exhibits his prints, and is the exclusive repository of the Carlos Cortéz Archive.
When you visit the National Museum of Mexican Art, you'll find the artist's printing press and personal effects on display in the exhibition Nuestras Historias: Stories of Mexican Identity from the Permanent Collection.