Hector Rene Membreno-Canales was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and grew up in Allentown Pennsylvania. After serving in Iraq Hector used the G.I. Bill to move to New York City and study photography at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). While at SVA Hector interned at the Museum of Modern Art, Magnum Foundation, Hank Willis Thomas Studio and Stephen Mallon Films. He was later invited to study Journalism at the The Pentagon's Dept. of Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md. Hector's work has been featured in The New York Times, L’Oeil de la Photographie, CNN and The New Republic. He is currently an MFA candidate in the Dept. of Art and Art History at Hunter College, City University of New York. 

Hector Rene Membreno-Canales
     B. 1988 San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Lives and works in New York City

Candidate      M.F.A.  Hunter College, New York City           
2014               B.F.A.   School of Visual Arts, New York City 

2016     Osnova Gallery, A Great Sum (In Parts), Moscow Russia 
             Capital One Art Program, My Kingdom for a Stage, Richmond, VA 
             Photo L.A., 25th Annual International Photographic Exposition, Los Angeles, CA  
Miami Project during Art Basel, artMRKT,  Miami, FL
             FotoWeekDC, Hillyer Art Space, Washington D.C.

             Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, Germany
             Slide Luck Potshow, Austin VII, Austin Texas

             FotoFest, International Discoveries V, Houston Texas
             WagMag Benefit Auction, The Boiler at Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn NY 
             Open Source Gallery Annual Silent Auction, Brooklyn, NY

             Foto Em Pauta, Epson Gallery Tiradentes, Brazil
Drums on Paper, Glasshouse Art Projects, Brooklyn NY

             WORK IN PROGRESS, Root Studios, Brooklyn NY
2014     International Photo Festival Leiden, Netherlands
             Hegemony or Survival, Photoville, Brooklyn
             Horses and Bayonets, Coohaus, New York City
AI-AP, Epson’s “Los Diez,” The Grand Masonic Lodge of New York , NYC
             ASMP Image 14 Awards Exhibition, Chelsea27 Artspace, NYC
             New Hope Art League Invitational, New Hope, PA
             Mentors, Curated by Stephen Frailey, Visual Arts Gallery, NYC  

Kossak Painting Research Travel Grant
               National Juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
2015      The Artist's Institute NYC, Research Fellowship
               Graphis, New Talent Annual

2014    American Photography AI-AP, Latin American Fotografia 3 Collection
              New York Times, LENS Portfolio Review
              The Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts, Alumni Scholarship Award
2013     The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Internship Program

2017      Marble Hill Camera & Supper Club, Bronx NY
              City University of New York, Silberman School of Social Work, NYC
              Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA
School of Visual Arts, Acceptance Day, Chelsea Piers, NYC 

2015      University of Houston at FotoFest International, Silver Street Studios, Houston, TX
              Collin College at FotoFest International, Silver Street Studios, Houston, TX
2014      Operation Finding New Ground: The Veteran Coalition of Arts, Moderated by W.M. Hunt

The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
EPSON Latin American Fotografia Collection
United States Embassy of Honduras

The New York Times
L'Oeil de la Photographie

Popular Photography

New York Post
Houston Chronicle
SVA Up Close
The New Republic