Ernesto Hernandez Olmos

Our first gift, Mother Daughter Moon / Madre Hija Luna, a 1000 piece puzzle, uses a painting by Ernesto Hernandez Olmos.

Art Statement

“I am an artist because it makes me feel good when I am able to bring my ideas from the spiritual to the material world. The spirits of my people inspire me to share my deepest and most human feelings through my artistic creations. I see myself as a creative instrument to ensure that the culture and values of my ancestors are expressed in today’s life though my work.” - Ernesto Hernandez Olmos

Community Leader

Ernesto Hernandez Olmos offers cultural and art programs in every community where he lives or visits, for over 25 years. His goal is to combine healing arts and cultural practices to expand the well being of all communities with which he engages. Ernesto has built his reputation as a stimulating and interactive teacher; he educates youth and adults about native cultures as they create enjoyable art with a cultural message.

Ernesto Olmos is respected for creating healing art workshops using sound meditation with Mesoamerican instruments that originated from the indigenous cultural and traditions from Oaxaca, Mexico. He has been invited to integrate traditional healing practices with clinics and health centers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Altars and ceremonies for Dia de los Muertos celebrations are one of the specialties of Ernesto Olmos. Workshops for teachers, community members, and children hear the legends and carry on the traditional art to honor those who have come before us.

As a member of the World Youth Council and Elders Council he has traveled to and participated in ceremonies with indigenous leaders from all over the world.


Ernesto Hernandez-Olmos was born November 6, 1971 in Oaxaca, Mexico and was first inspired by the arts at the age of five. Formally educated in plastic arts at the highly respected Autonomous University, Benito Juarez of Oaxaca, Mexico, he has been practicing and living as an artist for twenty-five years, while living in California since 1997.

In Mexico he displayed his work at the National Autonomous University of Mexico City, the Delegación Benito Juarez in Mexico City, and the Oaxacan Institute of Culture. As an internationally exhibited artist, his work has been shown in North America at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the De Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco; the Oakland Museum; and the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada.

Ernesto Olmos is a multi-faceted artist who works in many media, including painting, sculpture, and has created hundreds of paintings in oil, acrylic, pastels – virtually any media that he finds. He has created three murals in Oakland, California including one commissioned by the City of Oakland.

Ernesto Olmos contemporizes traditional music from Aztec and Maya dance ceremonies into his own compositions and makes instruments based on Meso-American design including ocarinas, flutes, drums, and whistles fashioned from wood, clay, gourds and bone. He participates in music and dance groups, who create Toltec, Zapotec, Mistec, and Mayan inspired performances for schools, cultural events, and traditional gatherings throughout California and internationally.

As a member of World Youth Council and Elders Council Ernesto Olmos has the opportunity to travel and share ceremonies with indigenous leaders from all over the world.

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Artist's Choice of Non-Profit

5% of all Choosing Goodness profits are donated to nonprofit or NGO organizations.

Ernesto Olmos selected an organization in Mexico, Jaguars en la Selva (Jaguars in the Jungle) to be the recipient of our donations for the sales from the first 1000 Mother Daughter Moon puzzle. His appreciation for this organization is reflected in their efforts to save animals. He believes how we treat animals is often how we treat others. He is impressed by their work with animals and their community. Jaguars en la Selva also has an extensive community based education program to help people learn how to work sustainably with nature and honorably with animals.

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