Darío Aguirre was born in 1979 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and grew up in Ambato. From 1996 to 1999, he worked as a painter, musician and performance artist, taking part in various art projects in Ecuador. In 1999, he moved to Germany and in 2001 began studying Visual Communication & Media at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (HfbK). In 2006, he graduated under professors Gerd Roscher, Ute Janssen and Wim Wenders. He received a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation from 2004 to 2008 and in 2006 received the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) prize for artistic achievement and social engagement at the HfbK. In 2004, Darío Aguirre, together with filmmaker Victor Orozco, founded the festival “ambulart”. For ten years, they curated international short films and organised screenings, workshops, exhibitions and film talks in Germany, Ecuador and Mexico. In 2008, Darío Aguirre completed his postgraduate studies at the HfbK and now lives and works as a freelance author and director in Hamburg.