Though Nana del Riego has a degree in painting, her work is composed primarily of digital photography as a way to capture the immediacy and “reality” of the world today. Influenced by Cindy Sherman, Annie Leibovitz, and David LaChapelle, del Riego draws inspiration from advertisements, magazines, tabloids, and social media. Largely through self-portraits, she delves into the use and abuse of the female image and the body as an object of exploration; specifically, the female body as a metaphor for modernity.
Nana del Riego, represented by Cuban Fine Arts in Brooklyn, NY, lives and works in Havana, Cuba. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro” in 2014 and from the University of Fine Arts “I.S.A” with the distinction of “Best Research for a Creative Work” in 2019. She is also the winner of the Art Residency “Mi casa es tu casa” in Aveiro, Portugal.
Throughout her work, she also explores the concepts of “pose and pause.” This consists of the freezing of a simulated, performative scene. In this sense, she uses the image to deconstruct and reconstruct identities that become the protagonists of these pressing scenes to reflect the theatricalization of everyday life.