René Peña was born in Havana in 1957 and graduated from the University of Havana, in English language and literature. He began shooting at eight years and never had any specific training in photography. His work focuses on the duality of the human inability to escape the institutionalization and the human desire for individualism. Its photo is characterized by contrasts between black and white, the subject and the object. The contrasts are also reflected in their place of residence: Peña currently resides in the neighborhood Cerro de Cuba, mostly African-Caribbean population, poor, despite having been the residential area of the wealthiest families of Havana in the century. XIX. Its references of photographers are Eduardo Moñoz Ordoqui and Marta Maria Perez Bravo (both work essentially uses the black-and-white frames). René Peña has also experienced the color photography and digital media.