Luis Sahagún was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1982.
His grandfather came to the United States in the 1940s under the Bracero Program, working in Chicago Height’s steel industry. Sahagún’s father found field work in the late 1970s, and Luis was brought to the U.S. in 1985, living undocumented until he was naturalized in 1995 under Ronald Reagan’s Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Sahagún, a 2001 graduate of Chicago Height’s Bloom High School, earned his BFA from Southern Illinois University in 2006 and his MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University in 2015. He has participated in multiple solo, juried, invitational, and national exhibits in the U.S and Mexico. In addition to being featured in New American Paintings (Issue #111), Luis' work has also been showcased at The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art (EXPO CHICAGO).