Daniela Riojas is an interdisciplinary artist from the U.S. - Mexico border and a current Joan-Wich Fellow and MFA Canditate at the University of Houston, TX. She specializes in photography, self-portraiture, performance, film, installation, and music. Her work explores themes of reconnection to indigeneity, ritual, de-colonizing landscapes and the body, bi-cultural identity as it pertains to mestizaje, Native and Jungian spiritual philosophy, and female trauma. She studied English-Creative Writing at The University of San Antonio, TX and also attended the Vermont Studio Center Residency Program in the winter of 2013. She is a Surdna Foundation grant recipient, a former artist-in-residence at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center through the Artist Lab Fellowship Program, and was awarded a grant for Media Arts from the Cultural and Creative Development Department of the City of San Antonio through the Artist Foundation in 2015. She is a recipient of the Support for Artists and Creative Individuals grant awarded by the Houston Arts Alliance 2019 for her performance OME, debuting April 2019 at Site Gallery.