Artist Bio

Daniela Rivera was born in Lima, Peru in 1996. Throughout her life, she has always been interested in the exploration of various artistic fields for their own unique ways of making sense of the world with the purpose of communicating and sharing. Having been raised next to the ocean between Peru and Australia, Daniela grew up with a transcultural world view and a sensitivity towards the natural world. 

Before university she worked as a kitchen assistant at a tasting-menu restaurant, turning into a key experience which sealed her understanding of the crude reality of sexism and the sexualisation of women within Latin America. She pursued a BFA in Tisch School of the Arts on Film Production and Comparative Literature allowing her to study away in Paris and Abu Dhabi, further informing her interests in transcultural stories of women, adaptation and migration. Daniela pursued further training at the Royal College of Art in London but instead of finding the conceptual inspiration she craved, she found an interest for non-fiction writing and documentary. 

Her fine art work is inspired in peruvian spirituality, classical mythology as well as Latin American imagery in poetry and fiction. Work informed by psychoanalysis, Latin American authors such as Isabel Allende, Gioconda Belli, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and popular peruvian myths such as the founding parents of the Incan Empire. Her non-fiction work explores women stories as an attempt to bring back a voice that she herself felt a loss for when growing up in post-conflict conservative Lima and a desire to contribute in reshaping traditional narratives.

Growing up as a woman in Latin America, Daniela became aware of the impact an image and story attached can have, the power of the myth and their consequences on individuals. As a child she witnessed the difficulties of emotional growth in an environment with unaddressed social and personal traumas which are themes that carry her work and inspire her interests. At the age of 16 she had a significant leg injury that disabled her from further dance training, which led her to the exploration of photography and consequently the fluctuating experience of her body and mind which she keeps present as a reminder for empathy and connection. 

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