Fuentes, Carlos was born on November 11, 1928 in Federal District, Mexico. Grandson of Rafael Fuentes y Vélez, a banker. Son of career diplomat and ambassador to Italy, Rafael Fuentes Boettiger and Bertha Macias.
Became friends with Octavio Paz, 1950. Close friends in student days with José Campillo Sainz. Student of Mario de la Cueva, who helped sponsor Tierra Nueva and Medio Siglo.
First wife, actress Rita Macedo. Second wife, Sylvia Lemus. First Mexican professor was Hugo B. Mar-gáin.