José Antonio Aguirre

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1950s

1955

José Antonio Aguirre is born in Mexico City.

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1960s

1960s 1965

José Antonio Aguirre visits Chicago as a child during a summer vacation.

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1970s

1977

José Antonio Aguirre enrolls in the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.

1978

After visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, José Antonio Aguirre changes his focus and enrolls in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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1980s

1970s–90s 1980

José Antonio Aguirre creates several murals in Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.

1982

José Antonio Aguirre earns his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

1985

José Antonio Aguirre creates the mural Nuestra Esencia, Nuestra Presencia … , RCOCC at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

1985

José Antonio Aguirre meets Sister Karen Boccalero, director and founder of Self Help Graphics & Art in Los Angeles.

1986

José Antonio Aguirre moves to Los Angeles and, at Sister Karen Boccalero’s invitation, he becomes an artist in residence at Self Help Graphics & Art, where he produces serigraphs and starts an intaglio and linocut printmaking studio.

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1990s

1990

José Antonio Aguirre earns his MFA from CalArts.

1990

José Antonio Aguirre creates It‘s Like the Song, Just Another Op’nin’ Another Show at Self Help Graphics & Art as a tribute to Carlos Almaraz and others who have died of AIDS.

1990

José Antonio Aguirre creates the mural Back to School (o como los mexicanos no aprenden a pintar hasta que van a Europa … ) at CalArts.

1990

José Antonio Aguirre is part of the group exhibition Self-Help Graphics Atelier XV at Self Help Graphics & Art.

1991

José Antonio Aguirre is part of the group exhibition Día de los Muertos at at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (now the National Musuem of Mexican Art).

1993

José Antonio Aguirre is part of the group exhibition Atelier/Taller at Self Help Graphics & Art.

1993

José Antonio Aguirre is part of the group exhibition From El Corazon de East L.A. at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (now the National Musuem of Mexican Art).

1994

José Antonio Aguirre has a solo exhibition at Self Help Graphics & Art titled Alone In East L.A..

1997

José Antonio Aguirre and José Alpuche, Mongo Santamaria, 1997. Serigraph, edition 16 of 20; paper: 20 × 26 in. National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, gift of Self Help Graphics, 1999.49. Photo: NMMA staff.

1997

José Antonio Aguirre creates the print Mongo Santamaria with José Alpuche at Self Help Graphics & Art. Aguirre instructs Alpuche to choose the colors for each edition, allowing each print to be its own unique work.

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