Ernesto Yerena is a Mexican-American artist who began cutting after receiving a stencil cutting set for his tenth birthday from his grandfather. As a child, Ernesto lived and attended school in the United States; however most of his free time was spent with his family south of the border in Mexicali. The mundane daily crossing over the border gave him an insight into the complex lives of families who happen to be geographically divided along an invisible political line.
In this BBC interview Ernesto Yerena discusses how his experiences and interest in history and human rights have prepared him to face, as an artist, the fierce issue of immigration in his country. His art practice has developed, with some help from Shepard Fairey, to depict his frustrations with the oppression in his community, as well as his interest in the defence of dignity.