Born in 1962, Cristina Nuñez started taking self-portraits in 1988 as a form of self-therapy, to overcome low self-esteem and stimulate her creative process. 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 is now living and working in Ticino, Switzerland. In February 2020 she has obtained a PhD by Published Works at the College of Arts and Humanities, University of Derby, UK.



In February 2020 Nuñez has obtained her PhD in Published Works on her practice and method at the College of Arts of the University of Derby, UK.


2017 – Tina Price, Vitrine 7, Sao Paulo.

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 Rose and her exhibition But Beautiful at Sponge Arte Contemporanea, Italy.

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

2013 – Nuñez obtains the prize Premio Ora, Italy, for an exhibition at 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 Luxemburg, for her project Heaven on Earth.

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


2017 – El Fill i la Puta, exhibition and performance. Sala Zero, Roca Umbert Fabrica de les Arts.

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)

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

2000 – I am, Galeria Franca Speranza, 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


2017 – Uno Sguardo Nuovo, Ex-Expo Senigallia, Italy

2017 – Les Nuits Photographiques, Institut Français de Madrid, June 2017.

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.

2015 – TNG, Teenagers Granollers, Roca Umbert Fàbrica de les Arts (curator and lead artist)

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.


2018 – Mundo. Imagem. Mundo. Photography Festival Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2017 – Chi sono io? by Concita de Gregorio, Contrasto, Milan

2015 – Money, Les Nuits Photographiques, Paris.

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

2015 – Intimacy. Chobi Mela Photo-festival, Bangladesh.

2014 – Opere e progetti del Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Silvana Editore, Milan.

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

2013 – I as Me, the making of 2000 & 11 Self-portraits, Turku University of Applied Sciences.

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.

MNAC, National Photography Collection of Catalonia, Spain.

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 (CH)

      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

      Ullersmo prison, Oslo

      Ila prison, Oslo

      Bollate prison, Milan

      La Stampa prison, Lugano (CH)

      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

        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