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.

Daniela Riojas b. 1989

2021 Masters of Fine Arts, Photography and Digital Media, University of Houston
2017        Bachelors of Liberal Arts, English Literature, University of Texas San Antonio
2016        National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Regional Arts Training, San Antonio

Awards and Honors:

2019 Support for Artists and Creative Individuals, Artist Grant, Houston Arts Alliance
2018 Holt-Wich Fellowship, University of Houston
2017       Adelante U.S. Education Leadership Fund, Artist/Entrepreneurial Panelist, San Antonio       
              Multicultural Conference 2017, San Antonio College, Keynote Speaker         
              Chicana Art in the 21st Century Symposium, Lecturer, Trinity University
Frontera Film Festival, Keynote Speaker, Eagle Pass
2016      Ad Astra Per Aspera Award, San Antonio College, Multicultural Conference         
              Best of Contemporary Art Month, My Well, My Stream, The River, San Antonio
              Nuestras Historias, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Lecturer, San Antonio        
2015      Artist Foundation of San Antonio, Media Arts Grant, Dept of Culture and Creative Development         
              Artist Lab Fellowship, Arts Residency, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio         
              Surdna Foundation, Arts Grant, New York
2013       Vermont Studio Center, Arts Residency, Johnson Vermont        
Solo Exhibitions and Performances:
2019 ŌME, SITE Gallery (Silos), performance, Houston, TX
2018 WCL, WXPN, performance, Philadelphia
Emporium, performance, Chicago IL
2017 Tropicalia, musical performance, Washington, D.C.
Silvana World Music, musical performance, Harlem, NY
Rockwood Music Hall, performance, New York
2016 Mictlan, Southwest School of Art, performance and sound installation, San Antonio
Arneson River Theater, Femina-X musical performance, San Antonio
Moon, performance, Podvyazye, Russia
My Well, My Stream, The River (performance installation), Studio 111, San Antonio
Dysplasia: Documenting the Undocumented, Studio 111 San Antonio
2015        Rio Abajo Rio, Galeria Guadalupe, San Antonio         
                PRIMITIVA, San Antonio College, San Antonio         
                Being and Becoming, Dock Space Gallery, curated by Bill Fitzgibbon, San Antonio
2014        The Indictment of Cora Montgomery, Artist Lab: Inaugural Exhibition, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center,
2013        A Collection of Work by Daniela Riojas, Mercury Project Gallery, San Antonio
2012        Meiosis, R Gallery, curated by Alex Rubio, San Antonio
Group Exhibitions and Film Screenings:
2018        Construyendo Realidades, UNAM, San Antonio
Extracorporeal, Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles
                Black-Brown Futurism Conference RE: KONSTRIKSYON, University of Texas at San Antonio
Ballads of the Borderlands, Institute of Texan Cultures, La Tierra de San Antonio,
collaboration with composer Angelo Salgado, commissioned writer, performed by SOLI Ensemble
                The Other Side of the Alamo: Art Against Myth, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio
2017        27th Annual Red Dot Sale, Blue Star Contemporary Gallery,  San Antonio
                Naked Vs. Nude, The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles
                Standing Rock: A New Nation, film screening, Native Women in Film Festival, Santa Monica
2016        Cuauhtli, SATX|MX, Centro de Artes, San Antonio
2015        Artist Foundation, St. Paul’s Square, San Antonio
                Carmen Tafolla Short Film Project: A Tribute to San Antonio Poet Laureate, SaySi, San Antonio
2013        Vermont Studio Center Open Studios Exhibition, Arts Residency, Johnson Vermont
                Photos in Translation, Exhibition with Steve DaLuz, FotoSeptiembre, San Antonio
2012        Blue Stockings, Contemporary Art Month, San Antonio
                Coatlicue, film screening, The International Conference on the Life and Work of Gloria Anzaldua,
                Women’s Studies Institute at the University of Texas, San Antonio


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