Nineteenth-century Cuban independence leader José Martí lived a short but full life, creating a considerable body of writing and traveling extensively.
He spent long enough periods of time abroad that he could have been considered an expat; he lived in Mexico in 1875 and again in 1894. During his latter stint in Mexico, he lived on Calle San Ildefonso 40 in the Centro Histórico. A plaque on the building's wall commemorates the historic inhabitant.
Martí appears in other scenes you might see around Mexico City, especially in the murals of Diego Rivera. In "Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central," Martí stands next to Frida Kahlo, tipping his black hat at two ladies. Alameda Central, the park located next to Palacio Bellas Artes, was a favorite spot of Martí's when he lived in the capital.
The mural's subject is significant moments in Mexican history and in addition to Martí, it depicts a number of important Mexican politicians and thinkers." Today, the mural is part of the permanent collection of the Museo Mural Diego Rivera in Mexico City.