Mauro Antonio Barreto fuses social media, accident and improvisation, melodrama and anachronism, mumblecore and shoegaze, into portraits of young people that blur the lines between fact and fiction. He directs the gallery / project space Neue Welt and is a member of the artist collective Tiger Strikes Asteroid.


b. 1987, lives and works in Nashville, TN

Solo Exhibitions
Addie & Josh, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Dortmund (DE)
DIY Dungeon, Spellerberg Projects, Lockhart, TX 

Endless Bummer, The Java Project, Brooklyn, NY
How Soon Is Now?, Random Sample, Nashville, TN

Rockport, Spellerberg Projects, Lockhart, TX
Rockport, Popp Martin Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Rockport, Oveta Culp Hobby Library Gallery, Central Texas College, Killeen, TX
Rockport, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX

Group Exhibitions / Biennials / Art Fairs
Biennale for Visual and Sonic Media düsseldorf photo+, Düsseldorf (DE)
The Kármán Line, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Greenville, SC
15 Years, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles, CA
After the Dust Settles, Echo Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA
Satelite Art Show, Brooklyn, NY 
Future Now, FORMAT24, Leicester (UK)

Polycopies, Paris (FR)
Up Close and Personal, Open Gallery, Nashville, TN
Head On Photo Festival, Sydney (AU)
Light Conversation, Oregon Contemporary, Portland, OR

Spiral Bound, These Days, Los Angeles, CA 
Unbound, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA
In Another Life, The Humid, Athens, GA
Photography Faculty Exhibition, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
The Nature of the Future, Leu Art Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Currents, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Forms, Frames, and Selves, Transmitter, Brooklyn, NY
Parts of Speech, Baxter St at Camera Club of New York, New York, NY
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

First Year MFA Exhibition, University of Hartford (online)
Full House, localhost (online)

The Universal, Filter Space, Chicago, IL
Profound Movement, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX,
Exposure Photography Festival, Calgary (CA)

Seeing Harvey, FotoFest at Silver Street Studios, Houston, TX
Cork Photo Festival, Cork (IE)
Summer Sun Day Dream, The Lab at Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA

Public and Private Collections
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Soho House, Austin, TX


Schmidt, Thyra and Norberg, Hannes (eds). “New Models”, Neue Fotografie (online)

Stettinius, Gordon and Cole, Whitney (eds). “Unbound”, Candela Books (catalog)
Anderson, Eric Ryan and Potter, Kristine (eds). “Seen Nashville”, Sunnyside Projects
Meaker, Abbey, and Ordóñez, Cristian (eds). “Signals”, Another Earth 
Soth, Alec. “Gathered Leaves Annotated”, MACK
Frailey, Stephen (ed). “Issue 30”, Dear Dave

Schneider, Anna (ed). “Personas”, Booooooom (online)

Smith, Miles. “Rockport at Spellerberg Projects,” Lockhart Post-Register

Rich, Jeff. “Still Alluring”, Oxford American (online)
Carpenter, Tim (ed). “NET 2.8: What Will Suffice”, Oranbeg Press

MFA, Photography, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

BA, Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Teaching Experience
Summer 2025
Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Critic, MFA program

Spring 2023 - present
Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Courses taught: AR 1723 New Media Studio, AR2313 Digital Photography I, AR 4843 Art Since 1940 

Spring 2022 - present
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Courses taught: PHOT 1050 Basic Digital Photography, PHOT 2050 Basic Black and White Photography

Fall 2022
Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Courses taught: ART 1100 Introduction to Digital Photography, ART 4720 History of Photography

Fall 2021
Drew University, Madison, NJ
Courses taught: ART 130 Introduction to Photography, ART 250 Digital Video