Antonia Penia is a visual artist that works across photography, video and art direction, exploring themes around mental health, identity, sensuality, censorship and our connection to the natural world and thus the importance of its conservatorship.
She was born in a small fishing town in the Northwest of Spain to conservative family. She found herself searching for a sense of identity. Her work has been shaped by these disparate feelings of longing, loss, love and expression. Focusing the lens on herself at the age of twenty-two, she produced her first series of self-portraits Leave Me Alone 2004, and 2008 with Symbiosis of Liquid Dreams went on to win Young Creator of The Year at Feria de Arte Contemporaneo in Madrid.
Through the exploration and insinuation of her self-image and relationship to self she began to create the intimate, sensual, provocative and powerful images that have become her calling card. Her enchantment with the female form was first sparked by the discovery of his father’s Playboy magazines. Evolving into an art practice and as her rebellious act, this exploration led to her extrication from the family home and her life’s work.
To feel, is to exist - Søren Kierkegaard, has been a determining factor in her way of working and a philosophy that she holds close to her heart, it speaks as to why she craves to create the emotionally charged images she do. Her work invites a conversation with the viewer, an exploration of her inner world and that of her subjects unfolds in a series of projects that lay bare central truths of human nature.
She is pure energy, full of passion and ideas. When you work with Antonia her personality and energy is so powerful that it spreads and makes you feel safe and alive, full of power.
She believes that the foundation of life is learning, and learning is living experience. The Art of Living.
Warning: My Instagram account @antoniapeniaphotography is currently hacked since Jan 16 2022.
2021-2022 MA Fashion Photography, London College of Fashion. UAL.
2002-2003 MA Photography. EFTI. Madrid.
2000-2002 HNC Photography & Film. EISV. Galicia. Spain.
C O U R S E S
2021 Industry Mentoring Programme. London College of Communication. UAL.
2021 L2 Video Production. COLLAGE ARTS.
2016 Advance Adobe Photoshop & Capture One 10 & 20. City Lit College, London.
2003 Fine Art Photography. Ciuco Gutiérrez, Casa Encendida, Madrid.
2002 Film Editor. International Schools of Cinema los Baños de Cuba, Galicia.
2001 Video Editor (540h). INEM, Vigo, Spain.
2021 Sex is the Earth. Group show at Women Exposed online. Curated by Nadia Nervo.
2014 Symbiosis of Liquid Dreams. Group show Resistance Gallery- London UK.
2013 Around Me Group Show. September 2013, EFTI Art Gallery, Madrid – Spain.
2009 Leave me Alone. Fernando Magdalena Art Gallery, Vigo – Spain.
2009 Symbiosis of Liquid Dreams. Group show. "Re-Género" exhibition, Cultural Center of Spain, Lima – Peru.
2008 Symbiosis of Liquid Dreams. DEARTE Art Fair, Madrid - Spain (Young Artist Prize Winner).
2006 Leave Me Alone (Solo). Dolores de Sierra Art Gallery, Madrid – Spain.
2006 Leave Me Alone II (Solo), August 2006, Irina Maldonado Art Gallery, Toledo – Spain.
2006 Leave Me Alone II (Solo), Art Gallery, Olías del Rey – Spain.
2005 Leave Me Alone. TIAF, Toronto – Canada.
2004 Leave Me Alone. Group show. Acer-Arte Art Gallery, Oviedo – Spain.
2003 Leave Me Alone. Group show. May-July 2003, PHotoEspaña 2003, Madrid – Spain.