During his years as a student at the National School of Plastic Arts – San Carlos, Aquino is awarded several student prizes for drawing.

1960 Diploma- Honorable Mention Painting, “The Mexican Revolution” National Contest, Mexico City

1960 Second Prize Painting, First Student Painting Salon, University Museum of Science and Art, UNAM, Mexico City

1961 First Prize Painting, Second Student Painting Salon, University Museum of Science and Art, UNAM, Mexico City

1961 First Prize Drawing, University Pentathlon Anniversary Exhibition, Mexico City

1969 First Prize Painting – Drawing Exihibition of Foreign Artists with French Government Scholarships, Paris, France. Awarded Medal by the Hotel de la Monnaie.

1974 National Prize of the Sixth International Festival of Painting, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.

1978 Third Prize, First Iberoamerican Biennial, Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City.