Mariela Cádiz (Madrid, Spain) studied fine arts (painting) at Universidad Complutense in Madrid. During her studies she spent one year at the Kustakademie in Düsseldorf (Germany), where she got interested in working with new media. In 1994 she received a Fulbright grant to study new technologies applied to the arts at the School of Film & Video of California Institute of the Arts / CalArts (USA), where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1996.
Studying at Calarts she met Denis Lelong and Kent Clelland, with whom she’s been collaborating regularly. With Denis Lelong she has co-directed Alèthéia (1998), a videoart piece that has been projected in numerous festivals worldwide and received several awards.
In 2001 she received the grant Generaciones 2001 to produce Levántate, an audiovisual interactive installation created with the collaboration of Kent Clelland. Levántate premiered in 2002 at ARCO (International Contemporary Art Fair of Madrid) and it received the Second Award (Ex æquo) + the Public Choice Award at VIDA 5.O – Art & Artificial Life International Competition (Fundación Telefónica – Spain).
For many years Mariela Cádiz worked in film/video editing + directing. She’s currently living in Paris (France) working in new media.