Jose Antonio Aguirre is well known for Byzantine and Venetian glass mosaic murals with imagery influenced by his surroundings and cultural experiences as an artist who exists in two cultures bound by bi-national implications. The iconography in Aguirre’s murals draws from his pre-Columbian roots, religious symbols of Spanish colonization and Mexican art history.
Aguirre received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a nationally and internationally recognized artist and lecturer. He received a Fulbright-Garcia Robles U.S. Scholar Program award to research and implement a public art program in Mexico City. Throughout his career, he has been active as an installation artist, visual arts educator and cultural journalist for Spanish publications in Chicago, Los Angeles, Texas and Mexico.