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Edgar Ricardo Arjona Morales was born on January 19, 1964 in Jocotenango, Guatemala, to parents Ricardo Arjona Moscoso and Mimi Morales de Arjona. He lived most of his childhood and began his musicalinstruction in Jocotenango.
At the age of 8, young Ricardo could already play the guitar. He kept studying and went through a teenage rebel phase which became a problem for him at school, but neverput music aside, the only thing that he enjoyed. Time went by and he never forgot the idea of becoming a professional singer.
At 21, Ricardo Arjona got the opportunity to record his firstalbum, Déjame Decir Que Te Amo. He spent some time as a teacher at a primary school (called Santa Elena III), where he reputedly said he spent six hours giving lessons and the rest of the day playing soccer. Thisearned him a visit from a Ministry of Education representative, who was sent to evaluate the level of education amongst Arjona's pupils. The representative found that the students' level of educationwas actually above average.
Ricardo Arjona was a talented basketball player, and he played for the team Leones de Marte and TRIAS. He also toured Central Americaas a member of the Guatemalan nationalbasketball team. Until recently, he held the record for the most points scored (78) in a single game by a Guatemalan player.
Music was always in him and he decided to try again with the launch ofhis second album, His musical stamp Jesús, Verbo No Sustantivo, was his definite consolidation as composer and singer. The album was the best-selling album on the Latin market for some Central Americancountries; but is still not known internationally.
Although he initially enrolled in architecture and engineering subjects, he eventually graduated with a degree from the School of CommunicationSciences at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC).
At USAC there is a library hall that bears his name. There is also a street named for him in his birthplace, Jocotenango, Guatemala.
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