Héctor Duarte (b. 1952 Caurio, Mexico). He studied mural painting at the workshop of David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1977. Since moving to Chicago in 1985, Duarte has participated in the creation of more than 50 murals. He has exhibited his paintings and prints in solo and collective shows at such venues as the NMMA, the School of the Art Institute, the State of Illinois Gallery and Casa Estudio Museo Diego Rivera in Mexico. Duarte’s awards include a 2008 Artist Fellowship Award from the IAC, 2005 and 2007 Artistic Production Awards from the Secretary of Culture of the state of Michoacán, a 1995 Chicago Bar Association Award for best work of public art and a 1994 NEA project grant. In 2006 he participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as an invited muralist. Duarte is the co-founder of the Julio Ruelas Print Workshop in Zacatecas, La Casa de la Cultura in Zamora, Mexico, and the Mexican Printmaking Workshop in Chicago.