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 Ecole superieure d'art et de design Marseille- Mediterranee, 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, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien and Golden Parachutes. In 2012 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. In 2017, Ernesto was chosen as the first ever Artist in Residence at the International Print Center of New York, IPCNY, thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. His work has recently been exhibited at the Editions/ Artist Book Fair and Art on Paper in Manhattan. He recently taught printmaking at City University of New York in Staten Island and currently teaches Visualization and Representation at Pratt Institute. He lives and works in New York City.