Jo Mora was born on October 22, 1876 in Montevideo, Uruguay. His father was the Catalonian sculptor, Domingo Mora, and his mother was Laura Gaillard Mora. His elder brother was F. Luis Mora, who would become an acclaimed artist and the first Hispanic member of the National Academy of Design. Mora's family moved from Uruguay to the eastern United States when he was a young boy. Following in his father's and brother's artistic footsteps, Mora began his career as an artist by assisting them with their work. He later attended two outstanding art schools - the Art Student's League in New York and the Cowles School in Boston - and studied with William Merritt Chase. Apart from its artistic merits, Mora's work is valued for its historical significance. As an astute observer, Mora created art that eloquently and accurately described the western land and way of life he admired, whether his subject was vaqueros, Hopi katsina figures, the Arizona landscape, turn-of-the-century Yosemite, or the California missions. (Text excerpted from the catalog for "Jo Mora: Artist and Writer" Monterey Museum of Art. June 27 - Sept. 6 1998.)
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