Erick Ochoa, is a native of Mexico City. He moved to Queretaro for several years before joining his family in Todos Santos in 1999. “I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time,” says Erick. “Right after I moved here, I met Michael and Pat Cope, owners of the Galeria de Todos Santos. I’ve been with their gallery since the end of 1999.”
Since then many things have changed in Erick Ochoa’s life. He discovered a previously unknown talent for painting. Under Michael’s mentorship, his talent blossomed. In 2001, Erick met Adriana Romero, they were married in 2007, and now they share their lives with their son Joaquin who was born in 2010.
“In 2007 I was approached by the Palapa Society to do a children’s art program. It was then that we started an outdoor mural program for children of all ages. Support from the community was contagious.”
It wasn’t long before Erick became an active board member and an active participant in communication between The Palapa Society and the community. He became Director of the BECA Scholarship Program. “Having a child has certainly changed the way I look at other children in our pueblo. It has opened doors not only to teaching children, but has afforded me a better understanding of their parents and how much our families struggle to give their children a better education and way of life. I can see the rewards from the Palapa Society first hand, because my son is in some of the programs.”
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