The Captivating Self-portraits of Cristina Otero

Born in Galicia, Spain in 1995, self-taught Spanish photographer and Madrid resident Cristina Otero has an intriguing way with self-portraiture. Inspired by America’s Next Top Model, Otero became fascinated with the endless possibilities photography offers. Known for her captivating presence and visual eccentricities, her dramatic and sometimes haunting imagery has graced ad campaigns as well as a number of book covers.

Displaying collections in solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, and Brazil, by the age of fifteen, Otero was the youngest artist in Spain to exhibit individually in an art gallery. In 2012, her whimsical Tutti Frutti series, where the delights of common household citrus interact with the theories of beauty in fascinating method, gained widespread attention for its refreshing concept and inspirational composition.

Utilizing her Pentax K-3 camera sidekick while giving new meaning to the term “selfie”, Otero ignites the imagination with bold, creative sparks. Through a balance of fashion-influenced styles, make-up artistry, technical use of color, and Photoshop manipulations, her emotionally connected self-portraits immerse her audience in expressive storytelling. In the intensity of her gaze, Otero continues her transformation both in front of and behind the lens, drawing parallels between romanticism, fantasy, and melancholia.

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Internationally exhibited artist and creator of Wooden Ophelia, Bella Harris is not only the Online Editor at Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, she also oversees all staff writers and helps support website functionality and development. As a contributing writer for the website, active copy editor, and editorial photographer, she plays a vital role in the growth of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine while working closely with advertisers and artists. Wooden Ophelia is a contemporary collection of original moon designs, handmade woodwork, artwork furnishings, and sacred crystals... all to enchant your home.


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