Works & Biography
Nina Surel was born and raised in Buenos Aires Argentina, and has lived and worked in Miami since 2001. She studied Fashion and Textile Design at the Architecture & Urban Planning University of Buenos Aires, and Costume and Set Design at The Art Institute Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work has been exhibited widely in institutions, and galleries in the United States, Europe and South America, including the Naples Museum of Art (Naples, Florida), the Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach, California), The Art & Cultural Center of Hollywood (Hollywood, Florida), the Boca Raton Museum of Art (Boca Raton, Florida) and the MOCA (North Miami, Florida). She has participated in Art Fairs in Buenos Aires, Chicago, New York, Miami, and London. Her artwork has been featured in national and international magazines
Over the last decade, I developed a series of mixed media portrait-sets-installations and videos. Becoming the object and the subject of my transformation, reciting the roles of many characters within a single narrative and continuously changing appearance.
My identity, also assumes others, corresponding not simply to phases of my existence but to authentic alternatives, overlapping and spirally intertwined one with the other:
The woman-character, then, that emerges from my paintings and videos deeply tied to the idea of femininity, closely connected to the physical, tactile, sensual factor, is also always built through the second degree reference to imaginary models “overturned” and “acted upon” through the artistic procedure. The characters embedded in these scenarios always precisely indicate an identity that lies half way between fiction and my flesh and blood, between mythology and autobiographical reality.