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Romina Cenisio is a writer, director and designer living between NYC and Mexico City. She grew up on the border of El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, a place that consistently informs her work and worldview. She has written for Atlas Obscura, created a digital nature therapy series for Soho House, collaborated with National Geographic, and designed for clients ranging from Rihanna to Nike. She focuses on environmental and cultural preservation, human connection to nature, and identity and belonging. She aims to craft compelling narratives with authenticity — invoking hope, spreading knowledge, and communicating that a better world is possible here and now.
In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?
It might sound like a cliche, but as a first generation immigrant, home is a fractured concept. I grew up in the desert, far away from my Mediterranean roots, with parents who were just learning English. It was at a young age that I realized the only place that truly felt like home is nature itself. The desert became my solace, and every natural experience thereafter has become a part of me. Nature is where every human evolved and is what unifies us all. Nature inspires me in every way: it has healed me, calmed me, and shown me unconditional love. This belief informs my work and grounds me to create work that is authentic and available for others to connect with as a place we can always come back to and learn from.
What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?
It means to aim for symbiosis with my environment. To give and receive equally and endlessly the way nature does for itself. The world has a long way to go to get to this point, but I think we all have a responsibility to uplift and contribute to our communities to the best of our ability.