Ernest Maranje is a Miami based painter and illustrator who discovered his passion in the area at the age of 27. The son of Cuban immigrants, he was born in 1983 in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Miami, Florida. At the age of 21, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where he served as a machinery technician until a knee injury left him indisposed. His artistic process began with painting walls in the mechanic shops white in color, which was one of the duties that he was able to do in the light of the knee injury. He quickly discovered that he was passionate about placing paint on a canvas or wall, and started actively pursuing it.
Driven by this newly discovered passion, Ernesto used his GI Bill to enroll in Miami International University of Art and Design (MIU) in 2011. He is currently pursuing a BFA at the university. He has created a number of murals with his most recent ones located at the Leah Arts District in Hialeah, Florida and for Carol City Middle School’s mural project in Miami Gardens, FL. He is also a resident artist at the Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC) in Wynwood.