Joseph Jacinto Mora (1876 - 1947), born in Montevideo, Uruguay, moved to Boston with his family shortly after his birth. Mora received formal art training at the Arts Students League and the Chases Art School in New York City, and the Cowles Art School in Boston. In 1903, he moved to San Jose, California, where he developed a life-long interest in the West. One of his western projects was photographing Hopi ceremonies before photography was banned from the events. In addition to completing the exterior sculpture on the Palace Theater on Broadway after his father died in 1911, Mora designed murals for the interior of the Herald-Examiner Building and the sculptural group over the entrance to the Pacific Mutual Building on Sixth Street. A sculptural group over the Los Angeles Athletic Club entrance was removed in 1964. His most famous works are the Cervantes Monument in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, and the Fr. Serra sarcophagus at the Carmel Mission.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, March 1999.
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