Mariana is a biologist and photographer born in Medellin, Colombia. She has lived in a number countries including USA, England, Philippines and Australia where she is currently completing a Diploma in Filmmaking in the New York Film Academy, Gold Coast.
Mariana had the opportunity to grow up in close contact with nature as well as to work closely among indigenous communities in the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon. It was here where she discovered the profound and powerful connection between the local people and their natural environment. Since then, and with a devoted desire to inspire others to protect our natural resources, Mariana has deeply explored the relationships that exist and have existed since ever between human beings and nature ranging from its most basic aspects of food and construction to its more complex relations of art, cosmology, self-awareness and ultimately how it is nature, she believes, that defines the origin and endurance of any culture.