Ernesto Yerena Montejano was born in El Centro, CA – Just 15 minutes north of Mexicali, a large metropolitan city on the U.S./Mexico border, capital of Baja California, Mexico. As a child, Ernesto lived and attended school in the Unites States; however most of his free time was spent with his family south of the border in Mexicali. Constantly crossing the border gave Ernesto a unique perspective, and in his eyes, the best of both worlds. He had access to the free education of the first world and the cultural richness and authenticity of the third world.
In April 2006, Ernesto earned an internship at Obey Giant with Shepard Fairey. While working in the studio Ernesto thrived as an artist, learning techniques and gaining experience that he would eventually use to develop his individual style. In the spring of 2008, Ernesto received a BA in Visual Communications from The Art Institute and continued working for Shepard Fairey, now as his assistant. After four influential years alongside Shepard, it was time for him to embark on his own career.
Ernesto focuses primarily on cultural subjects and issues within the Chicano community. He is co-owner and curator of Hecho Con Ganas, a creative publishing company based in Los Angeles. Ernesto has a strong hand in the social and political art world. He collaborated with Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) and Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) to create the iconic “We Are Human” poster campaign for the 2009 May Day marches. He is also currently director and curator for the “Alto Arizona” art campaign collaborating with other artists, activists, and lawyers fighting against the immigration legislature passed this spring in Arizona.