Hector René Membreno-Canales was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and raised in Allentown Pennsylvania. He's served more than 10 years in the U.S. Army as a Press Officer with several international posts including Iraq, El Salvador, and Poland. He continues to work as an educator, photographer, and visual artist. He is a contributor at Military News & Culture site Task & Purpose, and faculty member of the Art Dept. at Phillips-Academy, Andover.

After serving in Iraq he used the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill to move to New York City and study Photography at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and earned his MFA from the Dept. of Art & Art History at Hunter College, The City University of New York. As a student, Hector was an intern at Stephen Mallon Films, Magnum Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art, and Hank Willis-Thomas' Studio. 

Hector’s work explores official histories, American patriotism, and the so-called Military-Industrial Complex. His photographs have been featured and reviewed by The New York Times, CNN, The Columbia Journalism Review, Reuters, L’Oeil de la Photographie, aCurator, and The New Republic. His artworks have been exhibited and collected by museums and galleries both in the United States and internationally.