Vani Aguilar was born in Southern California to their immigrant father, who migrated from Mexico in 1986, and their Chicana mother. Vani lived in full submergence of Mexican and Chicanx culture up until 2016 when they moved to Illinois to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Where they co-lead the student group Latinxs Unidxs, hosting practicing Artist talks including studio visits for their peers with Guadalupe Rosales. While at SAIC they received multiple grants including the Latinx Visibility Award to attend a course at Oxbow, and the Generational Idea Grant to do research in their father’s hometown in Autlan, Jalisco. Vani is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at SAIC. They are currently located and working out of the south side in Pilsen. Shortly after graduating they exhibited their work in group shows, at Heaven Gallery, Women Made Gallery and took up a Studio Assistant position with Salvador Jimenez.