Born in 1962 in Spain, Cristina Nuñez started taking self-portraits in 1988 as a form of self-therapy, to overcome low self-esteem and a heroin addiction in her teenage. Up to the early 2000s, she produced photography books in which she addressed social questions through the portrait. On the margins of this public body of work, she continued taking self-portraits, which became Someone to Love; since 2005 this has been the focus of her work, as well as of The Self-Portrait Experience workshops that she has been conducting around the world. In 2013 she started her ongoing net-art project La Vie en Rose, on video, performance and web platform, with the real goal of finding her perfect partner. Nuñez considers herself a social activist, using her own life to stimulate the viewer to mirror himself in her work.



Nuñez has just started a PhD in Published Works at the College of Arts of the University of Derby, UK, which she will complete in two years. 


2015-16 – EEA Grants for the project “We Exist, self-portraits in Norwegian prisons”.

2015 – OSIC, Office for the Support of Cultural Initiative, Catalan Government, for her project “La Vie en Rose, the dialogue”.

2015 – La Caixa Obra Social, for her project Self-Portraits in Barcelona’s prison Quatre Camins.

2014 – OSIC, Office for the Support of Cultural Initiative, Catalan Government, for her project “Her/Story, Women Behind the Camera”

2013 – video La Vie en Rose #2 obtains the runners-up mention of the Ciutat de Palma Visual Arts Award.

2013 – 2014 – grant from the Norwegian embassy in Spain, programme “Cultural Diversity and Cultural Exchange”- project Her/Story, Two Women Behind the Camera.

2013 – OSIC, Office for the Support of Cultural Initiative, Catalan Government, for her project La Vie en Roseand her exhibition But Beautiful at Sponge Arte Contemporanea.

 2013 – Her work But Beautiful obtains the Prix de la Critique 2013, Festival Voies Off, Arles. 

2013 – Nuñez obtains the prize Premio Ora, with the gallery Sponge Arte Contemporanea, in Pergola, Italy.

2012 – La Caixa Obra Social, for her project Self-Portraits in Barcelona’s prison Lledoners

2012 – her video Someone to Love wins the Celeste Prize 2012.

2012 – OSIC, Office for the Support of Cultural Initiative, Catalan Government, for her exhibition Someone to Love at H2O gallery in Barcelona and Luova gallery in Helsinki and for her book But Beautiful – Higher Self.

2011 – CONCA, Council of the Arts and Culture of the Catalan Government, for her exhibition Someone to Love at the Mois de la Photo of Montreal 2011.

2010 – La Caixa Obra Social, for her project Self-Portraits in Barcelona’s prison Brians 1

2010 – Finalist and honourable mention at the Interim No.1 of the New York Photo Awards.

1996 – Mosaique, CNA Luxemburgo, for her project Heaven on Earth

1994 –Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence, for her project Body & Soul.


2016 – Higher Self,  Maif Social Club, Paris.

2015 – But Beautiful, Chobi Mela Festival, Dakha, Bangladesh.

2014 – Someone to Love, The Boiler Room, Oslo. 

2013 – But Beautiful, at Sponge Arte Contemporanea, Pergola, Italy. 

2013 – La Vie en Rose and Someone to Love, video and performance, Encontros da Imagem, Braga.

2013 – La Vie en Rose and Someone to Love, video and performance, Editions Limités, Galerie du 4 Septembre, Arles. 

2013 – La Vie En Rose, video premiere and performance, Effearte Gallery, Milan. 

2012 – Someone to Love,  Luova gallery, Helsinki

2012 – Someone to Love, H2O gallery, Barcelona

2012 – Someone to Love, MS Galería, Madrid

2011 – Someone to Love,  video preview, H2O gallery, Barcelona

2011 – Someone to Love, Skol Centre des Arts Actuels, Mois de la Photo de Montreal 2011.

2010 – Higher Self, The Private Space Gallery, Barcelona

2008 – I am a teenager, Polifemo, La Fabrica del Vapore, Milan (curator)

2008 – Homebirth, Public Library, Gorgonzola

2007 – Young Italian Gentle Men, Spazio Private Larusmiani, Milan

2000 – I am, Galeria Franca Speranza, Milan

1998 – Homebirth, La Lunanuova, Milan

1998 –To Hell and Back – Risiera di San Sabba, Trieste

1997 – To Hell and Back:

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Biblioteca Nazionale, Turin

Museo Monumento al Deportato, Carpi

Palazzo Reale, Milan

Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal

1995 – Body & Soul, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence


2016 – We Exist, permanent online exhibition

2016 – Encontros da Imagenprojection of the video Happiness is a warm gun.

2015 – MoneyLes Nuits Photographiques, Pavillon Carré de Baudoin, Paris.  

2015 – Self-timer Stories, MUSAC, Contemporary Art Museum in León.

2014 – I AM, Memoirs of Addiction Recovery, Manchester Metropolitan University.

2014 – 2004-2014. Opere e progetti del Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea“, Triennale, Milan.

2014 – Her/Story, Women Behind the Camera, H2O Gallery, Barcelona.

2013 – But Beautiful, projection at Voies Off Festival, Arles.

2013 – video Someone to Love and the book But Beautiful, The Flood Wall II, Berlin. 

2012 – video Someone to Love, Celeste Prize 2012, Centrale Montemartini, Rome.

2012 – video Someone to Love, Social Photo Fest, Perugia.

2012 – video Someone to Love, Social Photo Fest, Piombino.

2012 – video Someone to Love, Les Nuits Photographiques, Rencontres d’Arles.

2012 – video Someone to Love, Les Nuits Photographiques, Paris.

2011 – 2000 & 11 Self-Portraits, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki.

2011 – 2000 & 11 Self-Portraits, European Capital of Culture 2011, Turku. Peri Photography Centre.

2011 – Higher Self, “Second Lives: Jeux Masqués et Autres Je”, Casino of Luxemburg.

2010-11 – Grandi e Piccole, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo, Italy.

2010 – Io mi vedo così: Autoritratti Fotografici, Centro Italiano Fotografia d’Autore, Bibbiena.

2010 – Autoritratto al Femminile, Polifemo, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan.

2010- Foto d’Autrice, Galleria Bel Vedere, Milan.

2009- The Self-Portrait Experience, Festival FotoGrafia, Rome.

2008 – De L’Europe, CNA Luxemburg.

2006-2007 – Il Sole nelle Mani, Bariphotocamera.

2006 – Tales from a Globalized World, United Nations, New York.

2005 – Tales from a Globalized World, Krakow, Vienna, Dhaka.

2005 – Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent,  Jardins du Luxembourg, Paris.

2004 – Tales from a Globalized World, Zurich, Chiasso.

2003- Quotidiano al Femminile, Galleria del Credito Valtellinese, Milan.

2003 – Tales from a Globalized World, Geneva.

2002- The Spirit of Religion, Photocenter Skopelos.

1999- Papa, Maman, Chateau de Nyon.

1999- Philip Morris Gallery, Galeria Giò Marconi, Milan

1998 – Images du Monde Interieur, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles.

1996-Il Ritratto, un’Evoluzione, Breracult, Milano, curated by Photology, Milan.


2012 – But Beautiful, Le Caillou Bleu, Brussels.

2010 – Someone to Love, The Private Space Books, Barcelona.

2006- Young Italian Gentle Men, Valentina Edizioni, Milan.

2000 – Io Sono (I am), Dianova, Milan.

1997 – All’Inferno e Ritorno (To Hell and Back), Art&, Udine, Italy.


2015 – Money, Les Nuits Photographiques, Paris.  

2015 – Self-Timer Stories, Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, MUSAC. 

2014 – L’Arte è utile, comunque bella, Adina Pugliese, Meta Edizioni, Italy.

2013 – Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography in a Digital Age, Del Loewenthal, Routledge, London. 

2012 – Il corpo solitario. L’autoscatto nella fotografia contemporanea, Rubettino, Soveria Mannelli.

2011 – 2000&11 Self-Portraits, European Capital of Culture, Turku, Finland.

2011 – Lucidity, Inward Views, Mois de la Photo de Montreal.

2010 – Autofocus, Stefano Ferrari – Chiara Tartarini, Ed. Clueb, Bologna.

2008 – De L’Europe, CNA Luxembourg, Dudelange.

2007 – Il Sole nelle Mani, Bariphotocamera, Motta Editore, Milan.

2005- Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent, Editions du Chène, Paris.

2003- Tales from a Globalized World, Thames & Hudson, London.

2003- Quotidiano al Femminile, Peliti Associati, Rome.

2001 – The Spirit of Religion, Skopelos, Greece.

1999 – Paradise, ed. Steidl, Germany.

1997 – Europa, Encontros de Fotografia de Coimbra, Portugal.

1996 – Vita da Bambino, Art&, Udine, Italy. 



Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

Centre Nationale de l’Audiovisuel, Dudelande, Luxembourg

Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo.

SDC, Ministry of Forgeign Affairs, Switzerland.

Camera di Commercio di Bari.

H2O gallery, Barcelona.

The Private Space gallery, Barcelona.

Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal.

Sponge Arte Contemporanea, Pergola, Italy.

WORKSHOPS - The Self-Portrait Experience (2005 – 2012)

European Capital of Culture 2011 – Turku

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan.

SKOL, Centre des Arts Actuels, Mois de la Photo de Montreal 2011

Casino of Luxemburg, Contemporary Art Center

The Private Space Gallery, Barcelona

Consarc Gallery, Chiasso, Switzerland

Forma, International Centre of Photography, Milan

Luova gallery, Helsinki

Maison de l’Image, Grenoble

MC2 gallery, Milan

MS galería, Madrid

Retine Argentique, Marseille

Brians 1 prison, Barcelona

Wad Ras prison, Barcelona

Lledoners prison, Barcelona

Quatre Camins prison, Barcelona.

San Vittore prison, Milan 

Bredtveit prison, Oslo

Quatre Camins prison, Barcelona

University of Roehampton, London

University of Northampton (conference)

University of Luxemburg

New York University (conference)

University of Turku, Finland

University ofBarcelona (conference)

University of Girona (conference)

University of Bicocca, Milan (conference)

Catholic University of Milan

University of Bologna

Turku Academy of Arts, Finland

Domus Academy of Fashion and Design, Milan

Tampere University Hospital, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Finland

ASL Mental Health Centre, Lucca, Italy

Nou Barris Mental Health Day Hospital, Barcelona, for teenagers

SERT, Public Service for Drug Addictions, Palermo

Manchester Metropolitan University, European project “I Am, Memoirs of Addiction Recovery”

Association for the Unemployed, Turku

Erich Fromm Institute, Bologna

Sistema Counseling, Milan

Angelo Azzurro, Roma

Corso High School, Correggio, Italy

Kastu School, Turku

Raunistula School, Turku

Hansa shopping centre, Turku

Waldorf School, Milan

Public primary school, Gorgonzola, Italy

SDA Bocconi, leadership training, Milan

Marketing Forum, leadership training, Milan

Mida, leadership training, Milan

Watson Wyatt, leadership training, Milan

Housing Works, Women Health Centre, Brooklyn

Institute for the Arts in Psychotherapy, New York

Finnish Association of Photo-therapy, Turku, Finland

Korean Association of Photo-therapy, Seoul, Korea

Ariele, psychotherapy association, Milan

Philo, school for psychological practices, Milan

Ispa, art-therapy school, Barcelona

Institute of Family Therapy, Florence

Future Concept Lab, Milan

Saatchi & Saatchi, leadership training, Milan

Hotel Diana Majestic, Milan

Muksumanki, leadership training, Turku

Italfondiario, leadership training, Milan and Rome

Danone, leadership training, Milan

Banca del Mezzogiorno, leadership training, Milan

Spazio Labò, Bologna

Candiani Cultural Centre, Venice

Citilab, Cornellà, Spain

Public Library, Gorgonzola, Italy

Bottega Immagine, Milan

Spazio Lambrate, Milan

Social Photo Fest, Perugia

Pathsala Photography Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Roca Umbert Fàbrica de les Arts, Granollers, Barcelona

ARTICLES on The Self-Portrait Experience

2012 Interview to Cristina Nuñez, Progresso Fotografico.

2012 L’autoritratto in tempi di crisi, Wall Street International.

2012 L’autoritratto in tempi di crisi, Kritika.

2012 L’autoritratto in tempi di crisi ,

2010 “Autoritratto come auto-terapia”, Autofocus, Bologna.

2010 “La terapia dell’autoscatto”, La Stampa, Turin.

2009 “L’Autoritratto? E’ terapeutico” Corriere della Sera, Milan.

2009 “The Self-portrait, a powerful tool for self-therapy”, European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Routledge, London.

2009 “The Self-Portrait Performance”, VoiceCom News, Milan.

2009 “Self-Portrait as Self-Therapy”, Vision magazine, Beijing.

2008 “Io sono adolescente”, D Repubblica, Milan.

2008 “The Self-Portrait Experience”, Illywords, Trieste.

2007 “The Self-Portrait Performance”, 7th Floor, Roma.

STUDENT'S THESIS on The Self-Portrait Experience

1. Adela Miencilova

De Monfort University, Leicester, UK.

MA photography

“The Self as a Photographic Metaphor in Mental Health” , 2010

2. Giuliana Lioce

Bologna Arts Academy, Italy.

COBASLID: Corsi Biennali di Secondo Livello ad Indirizzo Didattico – Educazione Artistica

“Autoritratto, tra Indice e Identità”, 2009  

3. Giada Carraro

University of Bologna – Faculty of Humanities

MA in History of Art

“Attraverso l’obiettivo: il potere terapeutico della fotografia, tra arte e psicologia”, 2010 

4. Alexandra Hoffman

Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California

Master Science in Photography

“Messages from the Unconscious: Self-Portrait Photography as a Discovery of Being”, 2009 

5. Valentina Brivio

Catholic University of Milan

Faculty of Psychology – MA Clinic Psychology

“The body image of teenagers: the photographic self-portrait as definition of the self”, 2011

6. Carla Visone

University Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples.

Faculty of Sciences of Communication and Multimedia Productions

”Unknown to myself: photographic self-portraits by artists”, 2011

7. Federica Valvassori

University Ca’ Foscari, Venice

Faculty of Philosophy – Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage

First level Master in Communication and Non Verbal Languages : Psychomotricity, Music Therapy and Performance Languages

 “The educational process in the photographic self-portrait. Identity between research and transformation”,2012.

8. Leena Koulu

Uiversity of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology

MBA Executive

“The self-portrait of a leader : new tools for personal coaching”, 2012.

9. Erica Pasinato

Academy of Arts, Venice

MA in Visual Arts.

 “The photographic self-portrait”, 2010.

10. Ester Roig Luque

Istituto Daina Isard de Olesa de Montserrat

High school thesis.

 “The Self-Portrait Experience” 2012.

11. Luciana Vasques Barbosa

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University – Faculty of Media and Communication

MA thesis : “Self-Portraiture and future : an examination of a photographer’s creative identity” 2011

12. Federica Nardese

University of Milan – Bicocca

Faculty of Sciences of Education

“Narrative skills : which abilities to develop to use the strategies of narrative, both in work and in life”. 

13. Erika Di Sano

University of L’Aquila, Italy

MA in Applied Psychology

“The Human Emotional Dimension: psychology of the self-portrait and The Self-Portrait Experience”  2011-2012

14. Elisa Scala

University La Sapienza, Rome

Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy

“Outside the darkroom: images that heal” , 2012-2013