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Julio Aguilera

Julio Cesar Aguilera Pena is a Venezuelan-American painter and sculptor born in Catia, Caracas, on July 28, 1961. Previously to his career as an artist, Aguilera was a martial arts world champion and trainer who in 1987 was awarded the sixth Dan in Kung Fu when he was just 26 years old.

Aguilera was born in Catia, one of the poor neighborhoods surrounding Caracas. His mother died at birth and he was raised by his grandmother and other relatives. At age 6, he was making a living as a shoe polisher while attending primary school at the Crucita Delgado School in Catia. After he graduated from high school in 1978 at the San Agustin School in Caricuao, Julio studied at the Instituto Pedagogico de Caracas.

In 1983, Aguilera met and married Janice Touht, an American choreographer working in the local theater and TV industry. With Touht he opened a multidisciplinary academy with dancing and languages training directed by Touht herself and other Venezuelan professionals such as Anita Vivas, Antonio Drijas and Betty Kaplan. After much fanfare, the academy didn't last a year and in 1984, Julio and his wife moved to the United States to live with her family.

Related websites

Julio Aguilera: A Venezuelan Artist Makes His Mark in North America




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Julio Aguilera's Passionate Bid for the Mantle of the "Old Man"

Julio Aguilera

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