Antonio Zambrana Lara
Professor of Pictorial Creation
School of Fine Arts
University of Seville
March 2001, Seville
I met María José Aguilar some fifteen years ago, when she was completing her specialty in Painting studies at the Seville School of Fine Arts. She was my student and later I was the director for her Doctoral Thesis which led to us beginning a long artistic relationship and friendship.
I have to say that throughout this time, from the very beginning, her absolute dedication to her vocation has continued to influence and move her. She lives within Art and for Art with a rare passion.
Her enthusiasm for doing things well obliged her to impose a strict regime of self-discipline for years; not surrendering to difficulty or failure, far from other ambitions like fame, power, financial wellbeing… Her only ambition being to know how to create in an honest and responsible manner, dreaming of reaching absolute mastery in the execution of a work of art, so that she might be able to open wide the doors to feeling and imagination.