Andrés Mario de Varona is a Cuban-American artist from Miami, FL. He attended the school of Art, Architecture, and Design at Indiana University where he pursued a BFA degree in studio art, and spent two years working as a production assistant for artist and professor Osamu James Nakagawa. Andrés' work builds a spiritual connection to death through rituals and the using of a nightgown that was once purchased but never worn by his mother. He works alongside his two younger sisters, step-father, and grandparents to construct the narration of each image, while also photographing them in many of the ceremonies. Andrés' work has been exhibited at The Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Latela Curatorial Gallery in Washington DC, FAR Contemporary Arts in Bloomington IN, and was invited to represent Indiana University in an upcoming exhibition at Inchon Art Platform in Incheon, South Korea for the Marine Media Festival August 27 - 30, 2019. His work has been published in The Society for Photographic Education's national magazine: Exposure, as well as Focal Plane Magazine. Andrés is now currently prepping his portfolio for Santa Fe Review and working as an intern archivist at Bacardi in Miami, Florida.