Jose Antonio Aguirre (b. 1955, Mexico City) earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago and Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. His paintings and works on paper have been included in numerous exhibitions internationally and are held in the permanent collections of prominent institutions in Germany, Mexico, Scotland and the United States. Aguirre was awarded a Fulbright-García Robles Scholarship for research in community public art projects at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana–Azcapotzalco. His public commissions include more than 35 permanent artworks in Southern California, Colorado, Illinois, Texas and Mexico. Among his most ambitious is a double-tower mosaic mural for the East Los Angeles Library.