Mario Algaze was born in Havana, Cuba in 1947. In 1960, one year after the end of the Cuban Revolution, Algaze and his family relocated to Miami, where he later studied art at Miami Dade College. Learning photography in 1970 opened up his world to extensive travels documenting the land and people of sixteen different Latin American countries. His portraits of celebrities and other artists from this time period were published in magazines such as Vanidades and Zoo World. In 1999, he returned to Cuba for the first time since his original departure. The photographer has received fellowships from the United Nations and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has been featured in over fifty solo and group exhibitions across the United States and has been collected by institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. When Algaze is not travelling, he resides in Miami with his wife.