F. Luis Mora (1874 – 1940) was a Hipanic-American artist, working in watercolor, oil, and tempera paints. He produced many sketches and illustrations, often done in pencil or pen and ink. He is recognized for his depictions of early 20th century American life.
Mora was always drawing and creating watercolors as a child. At the age of 15, he enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, later studying at the prestigious Art Student’s League of New York. More would go on to teach illustration and life drawing classes at the Chase School of Art (today it is known as Parsons New School for Design). One of his most famous students was Georgia O’Keefe.
His illustrations were published in widely read magazines such as Ladies’ Home Journal, and is in the collections of over 30 museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. In addition to being commissioned by the government to paint murals for public buildings, Mora also received private commissions from prominent families of the day, such as the Sears family.
See his sketches and illustrations from the Customs House Museum collection, now on display.