Daniela Riojas is an artist from the U.S. - Mexico border. She is a current Joan-Wich Fellow and MFA Candidate at the University of Houston who works in photography, self-portraiture, performance, film, installation, and music. Her work explores themes of reconnection to indigeneity, ritual, de-colonizing the body and the mind, bi-cultural identity as it pertains to mestizaje, Native and Jungian spiritual philosophy, and healing ancestral trauma through artistic practice. 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 ŌME, which debuted in April 2019 at Site Gallery.