Elena Manero (Mexico City, 1990) is a Mexican artist with studies in Design and Visual communication (UNAM and UCSB). She received an MFA (NYAA) in the United States. She assisted to several workshops in Academia de San Carlos, Grand Central Atelier, and Chelsea Classical Studio. She earned various grants and awards such as an Art Residency at China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Blick Award and an honorable mention by the Bienal de Pintura José Atanasio Monroy. Her work centers on questioning the validity and obsolescence of cultural traditions, viewed as normalization of our interactions, like a game to construct and understand our identity. Through painting, she wants to challenge the role of naturalism, where reality is not understood or experimented on in a literal or factual way, but with a metaphoric or poetic twist. In this way, she questions what makes a portrait a portrait today, how our contemporaneity is formed by technology, and how this can be used as tools and references, such as photography. Manero’s work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries across Mexico as well as abroad, including the Museo de Antropología de Xalapa, Museo de la Cancillería, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Primer Depósito, Sotheby’s, Flowers Gallery and Cheng Xi Center of Contemporary Art.