Rubens Riol is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. He holds a BA in Art History from Universidad de La Habana (Cuba). After graduating, he taught courses on History of Art and Literature, Latin American Art, and Cuban Art, Culture, and Patrimony for six years in San Geronimo College. He also coordinated Proyecto Equilátero, a space for cinematographic debates on cultural diversity.
His research interests include nudity as a cultural device, narratives of desire, and scatological aesthetics in the visual arts, cinema, and Latin American literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His current research focuses on the intersections of sexual orgies, masculinities, and psychoanalysis.
Rubens is the author of La caricia del látigo. Rufo Caballero, un ídolo imposible (Ediciones ICAIC, 2016); and El entierro de las consignas. Textos críticos sobre arte cubano (Editorial Hypermedia, 2018). In recent years he has collaborated as columnist for El Nuevo Herald, Cine Cubano, and Hypermedia Magazine.