Ernesto Ortiz Leyva
was born in El Paso, Texas and received his BFA from the California College of the Arts in 2005. In 2003 he attended the École supérieure d'art et de design Marseille-Méditerranée, in Marseille, France. He was awarded the RA Brown Memorial Scholarship in 2003 and the Robert Ralls Memorial Scholarship in 2004. In 2007, he moved from San Francisco to Berlin, where he stayed until 2010. While in Berlin, he participated in several group exhibitions at various galleries including Friedrichshoehe Brauerei, Künstlerhaus Bethanien and Golden Parachutes. After returning to San Francisco, he was accepted into the graduate painting program and awarded the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. In 2013, he was one of five artists chosen to participate in an exhibition entitled Evidence: Artistic Responses to the Drug Cartel Wars at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. He received an MFA degree in Drawing and Painting from SAIC in May 2014. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.