My name is William Riera. I am a photographer, a world wanderer and an observer of the human experience. Exploring the full range of human emotions through the making of images is an exciting challenge that becomes very rewarding when light, moment and composition are aligned into a memorable image.
My photography belongs to the streets of the world. I also feel very connected with the documentary style of image making. I'm a photographer because I like to motivate people to stop and think about our similarities as human beings emerging from our differences.
Black & White Photography Retrospective Exhibition. Galería Adelmo. Little Havana Art District. Miami, Florida. May 26th - June 28th, 2017
Santiago de Cuba in My Heart: An Intimate Portrait of the City Through the Lens of William Riera. New Professions Technical Institute Art Gallery. June - October, 2015. Miami, Florida
Contemplating Shadows, Futurama 1635 Art Gallery. Miami, Florida. March, 2015
Souls: Evocative Portraits from Around the World, Art Space @ BPA Accounting Services Inc. Coral Gables, Florida, October 2014
Urban Dance, Visual Rhythm of Cities. Photography Group Exhibition. The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, Queens, New York. June - July, 2019
Body + Memory + City, Contemporary Photography Group Exhibition organized by Doral Contemporary Art Museum. 2019 PhotoAlicante International Photography Festival, Alicante, Spain, March, 2019
Capture Coral Gables 2019, Finalist, Juried Photography Exhibit. Coral Gables Museum. Coral Gables, Florida. January, 2019
Iré a Santiago de Cuba, “Luz y Plata” Art Gallery, Escuela Práctica de Fotografía, Puebla, Mexico. November - December, 2018
Storytelling Through the Lens. Gold Coast Arts Center. Great Neck, New York. September - December, 2018
Nature into Art/Art into Nature. Group Art Exhibition. Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Miami Beach, Florida. October, 2017
Cuban Art Invitational. Group Art Exhibition. BayArts Visual Arts & Education Campus. Bay Village, Ohio. July-August, 2017
Capture Coral Gables 2016, Finalist, Juried Photography Exhibit. Coral Gables Museum. Coral Gables, Florida.
June to August, 2016
Expressions, the Afterlife of Color. Group Art Exhibition. Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment. Hialeah, Florida.
April - July, 2016
Six women, two men, eight views on photography. Group Photography Exhibition. RAW Space Art Gallery, Vero Beach, Florida.
Help Hope Nepal Mural. Group Art Exhibition. Contemporary Art Projects USA. Spectrum Art Fair 2015.
December, 2015. Miami, Florida
Made in Miami, Contemporary Photography. Group Photography Exhibition. Miami Photo Salon. Del Castillo Art Studio.
November - December, 2015. Hialeah, Florida
"La Pared" (The Wall) Art Project. Group Art Exhibition. Del Castillo Art Studio. October, 2015. Hialeah, Florida
Miami B.C. (Black Curators) Group Photography Exhibition curated by Carl Juste and Marie Vickles. Little Haiti Cultural Center. Miami, Florida. August, 2015
Capture Coral Gables 2015, Finalist, Juried Photography Exhibit. Coral Gables Museum. Coral Gables, Florida.
June 5th to August 29th, 2015
A Shadow of Every Origin, Group Art Exhibition. Del Castillo Art Studio. May, 2015. Hialeah, Florida.
Photo-voice Exhibit by Celebrate Diversity Miami. Best in Show. 2015 First Edition of Juried Photography Contest.
Museum Park, Miami, Florida, April 2015
Grandeur, RAW Artists: Miami. March 2015 Edition. Showcased photo series "Contemplating Shadows".
LMNT Art Gallery, Midtown Miami, Florida, March 2015
Miami Photo Salon, 1st Edition, Finalist, Juried Photography Competition and Festival. Miami, Florida. Art Basel Week, December 2014
Workshop: Laboratorio de Crítica e Interpretaciones del Código Fotográfico. Directed by Juan Antonio Molina Cuesta. Página en Blando, virtual laboratory. Mexico City, 2019 (Current)
Workshop: Narrativa Fotográfica y Discurso Visual. Taught by Johanna Pérez and Wilson Prada. Wilson Prada Photography School, virtual classroom. Caracas, Venezuela, 2018
Workshop: La Investigación en la Fotografía. El artista como investigador. El investigador como artista. Taught by Johanna Pérez and Wilson Prada. Wilson Prada Photography School, virtual classroom. Caracas, Venezuela, 2018
Workshop: Laboratorio de Proyectos Curatoriales. Directed by Juan Antonio Molina Cuesta. Página en Blando, virtual laboratory. Mexico City, 2017-2018
Workshop: Laboratorio de Crítica e Interpretaciones del Código Fotográfico. Directed by Juan Antonio Molina Cuesta. Página en Blando, virtual laboratory. Mexico City, 2016-2017
Professional Photography Course. New York Institute of Photography, 2003-2007
Project Management Professional Certificate, Florida International University, Miami, FL 2004
Black and White Photography and Computer Arts, Miami-Dade College, 2001
Bachelors of Science, Summa Cum Laude (Diploma de Oro), Software Systems Engineering, Havana Polytechnic Institute "José Antonio Echeverría", Havana, Cuba, 1990
2018 Chosen Winner, AI-AP Latin American Fotografía 7
2017 Selected Winner, AI-AP Latin American Fotografía 6
"Recorrió el mundo y ahora expondrá sus mejores fotos en La Pequeña Habana." El Nuevo Herald, Miami, May 24th, 2017
"Souls: Evocative Portraits from Around the World de William Riera, rostros que traspasan la geografía." Revista Dominicana en Miami. Miami, October 8th, 2014
Coral Gables's TV "What's Happening Coral Gables?" Aired on October 9th, 2014
XXXVIII Feria del Libro del Palacio de la Minería, Ciudad de México, March, 2017. Presentation of the Photography Series “Santiago de Cuba in My Heart”
Centro Cultural Español Miami, October, 2016. Presentation of the Photography Series “Santiago de Cuba in My Heart”, invited by Ediciones Baquiana on the presentation of their XVII Yearbook