Mariela was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She currently resides in Houston, Texas and is pursuing her BFA in Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston. Mariela challenges herself and shoots primarily with her iPhone. By doing so, her work is very candid and shows the temporal hypnotic life of human nature. She has also worked on the study of family dynamics and the effects of technological usage in a unit. She works in a variety of mediums from self portraiture, silkscreen, and video performance. Her work has been shown at the Blaffer Art Museum.