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Ignacio Aguirre
[1900-1990]
Born December 23, 1900 in the mining town of San Sebastian, Jalisco. His father was the grandson of the organizer of the San Sebastian mines who worked as a miner in Jalisco, Hidalgo (Pachuca), Durango, Sinaloa and Puebla. His mother was the daugher of an Indian woman and a mestizo.

Aguirre attended primary school in Guadalajara, Jalisco, interrupting his studies for several months to join the revolutionary troops. 1915-1917: took part in Carranza's revolution against Pancho Villa. 1917: worked as a sorter in the mines of Amparo, Jalisco and later in the offices of a typical 'company store'.
1920: took part in the uprising in favor of General Alvaro Obregon. 1921-29: worked in the Ministry of Communications and in the private secretariat of the President of the Republic. Showed strong inclination for plastic arts from earliest childhood and in school was always chosen to make portraits of Mexican heroes and help with the decorations for school festivals.

During the campaign years he didn't draw but began again on arriving in Mexico City, reading everything he could find on modern art movements. Worked with Manuel Rodriguez, Lozada and Julio Castellanos.

1928: member of "Ulysses" theater group. 1929: assistant professor of drawing at the University of Mexico. Active participant in the formation of the League of Revolutionary Artists and Writers (L.E.A.R.), and in the formation of T.G.P., in 1937. Since 1938 has worked as teacher of drawing and painting in Secondary School of Construction, in vocational and pre-vocational schools, and in workers' night school of art.

1937: painted frescoes in Library of Military Aviation in Balbuena. These were destroyed during the reconstruction of the building. Has paricipated in all the collective projects and exhibitions of the T.G.P.

Married American Arna Sokolow, an exponent of modern dance. Has one daughter by his first marriage. Held solo exhibitions in New York (1940, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1948) and Washington (1942).