Isabel Sierra was born in Havana, Cuba, of Spanish parents. Her grandfather worked as a photographic lab assistant for El Diario de la Marina. She grew up in a house where vintage cameras and 1920s Kodak paper cases filled with 5x7 negatives were part of the surroundings. Sierra began to make snapshots during those early years, and later she initiating formal photography studies. She has a BFA in Art from Florida International University.
Chinatown, a collection of images about an old immigrant Chinese area in Havana, was the first time Isabel combined formalist aesthetic with social concerns. She left her birthplace in 1993.
Sierra settled in Miami in 1998, where there is a huge Cuban American population, and is still working in her main subject, her issues with migration processes and identity, focused to reveal her own individuality.
Different galleries and museums in Europe, South America, and USA have showed and collected her work. Besides, it is being published in Europe and America.
2012 BFA, Florida International University, 2012
2010 AA, Art Animation, Miami Dade College.
2005 AS, Graphic Design, Miami Dade College.
1998-2007 Photographer and Imaging Specialist.
Performing video and photography, video editing, and graphic design.
Photo Yo Imaging Productions, Miami, Florida
1993-1998 Photographer at Fotografia B/N, Caracas, Venezuela.
1984-1990 Art Director-photographer, Prodanza magazine, Cuballet, Havana, Cuba.
2012 SELF EXILES, Collage Gallery, Coral Gables, Miami
1995 Isabel Sierra: Personal Document, La Paninoteka, Caracas, Venezuela.
1991 Havana Imagenes, Pallares Gallery, Leon, Spain.
1990 Memory of an Instant, Havana Gran Theater, Havana.
1983 Yocasta, A Force of Destiny, Alliance Francaise.
INTERNATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2012 FoundArt's Gallery Night, El Doral, Miami Dade,Florida
Photography by Women, 6th Street Container, Miami, US.
1998 Venezuela: a destiny for Cuban Fine Arts, MACCSI*, Caracas.
1994 ISO XX, Alliance Francaise Gallery. Caracas.
1992 Latinoamerika’92, Copenhague, Dannemart.
1992 americaAmeriche, F Gallery, Milano, Italy.
1991 150 Anniversary of Cuban Photography, IPC**, Havana Art Bienal.
1987 Casas de las Americas Photographic Essay Award Salon, Havana, Cuba
1987 13 de Marzo Cuban Award Nationwide Fine Arts Salon,
1985 Made in Latin America III, National Museum of Fine Arts. Havana
F GALLERY, MILANO, ITALY
GALLERIA PALLARES, LEON, SPAIN
UPEC, CUBAN NATIONAL JOURNALISTS UNION, HAVANA, CUBA
FINE ARTS MUSEUM, HAVANA, CUBA
CASA DE LAS AMERICAS, HAVANA, CUBA
PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
* Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia Imber
** International Press Center
Official website of Isabel Sierra and the Isabel Sierra Fine Art Photography Organization
All images ©Isabel Sierra Fine Art Photography Organization. All rights reserved.