Francisco Mora’s father was a weaver, musician, and Mexican artist. In 1941, Mora relocated from Michoacan to Mexico City where he won a scholarship to study at La Esmeralda art school under the guidance of Diego Rivera. Later in the same year, he began exhibiting with the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP), a communal graphics workshop that built on Mexico’s rich tradition of political printmaking in order to advance revolutionary political and social causes. Mora remained a member of the TGP collective until 1965. During this time, his artistic focus was on social justice and making posters for trade unions and government literacy campaigns.