Over the last decade, Nina Surel has developed a unique series of mixed media portrait- landscapes that offers a witty, provocative and honest portrayal of the modern woman. The works on view depict women deep in the canopies of the forest who execute their unconscious fantasies and repressed desires away from their socially constructed environments. Surel investigates these emotions through viscerally sensual images. These images are scenes that can only happen deep in the understory of the most primeval of forests, and have their genesis even further below, where the oldest roots of these trees exist.
Nina Surel employs a wide range of media, such as photographs, lace, buttons, porcelain, jewelry and resin on wood. Through her multifaceted process, she has created a number of innovative works that explore her interest in her own childhood, fairytales, Romanticism, and early feminist literature.
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 both in the United States and South America, including the Naples Museum of Art (Naples, Florida), the Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach, Calif.), and The Art & Cultural Center of Hollywood. She has participated in Art Fairs in Buenos Aires, Chicago, New York, Miami, and London. She has been featured in national and international magazines and, currently, is an Artist-in-Residence at the South Florida Art Center.