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Camila Magrane is a Venezuelan-American visual artist most noted for her augmented reality (AR) images where she integrates 3D animated subjects and scenery into physical photographs. With a background in video game development and a deep-rooted passion for analog photography, her interest lies in developing a dialogue between the virtual and the physical. Magrane’s images are inspired by surrealist compositions - rooted in the unconscious, dream-like, sensuous, and unsettling. At the same time, the works reference the graphic hyperrealism of contemporary video game design which continues to be an integral part of her artistic practice. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and previously worked as a cinematic artist in the game industry. She now teaches independent game design and development classes online.

 

Magrane has exhibited internationally at galleries, cultural institutions, and festivals. Most recently she presented her AR work at the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) in Rio de Janeiro and the FILE festival in São Paulo, Brazil. She is a fellowship recipient of the Institute for the Humanities of the University of Michigan(2022-23). She has led workshops and presented at conferences and panels on topics related to AR development, photography, and interactive storytelling. Magrane has lectured at various universities and academic institutions including the China Academy of Art and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Minnesota Street Project, Sotheby's, the Berlin Unite Showcase, Mutek, and Festival of the Impossible. Selected clients include Adobe, California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, Gray Area, and the Las Vegas Downtown Grand. Publications who have featured her work include Forbes, Adobe, LenScratch, Refinery29, Wired, and the Las Vegas Weekly.

 

Camila is represented by Themes+Projects (San Francisco, CA). She currently lives and works in Twentynine Palms, CA. 

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