Adriana Mateo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
At an early age she began taking photographs with a still camera, following the mentorship of her father, the award-winning Director of Photography Roberto Mateo. At 23, Adriana began working on feature films and advertising commercials as an Art Director for Phillip Morris on the Marlboro campaign around South America. By 1992, her passion for camera work and film led her to move to New York City. After completing her degree in Film at the New York University Film School in 1996, Adriana studied with Directors of Photography Andrew Laszlo and Rob Draper (ACS) at the International Feature Film & Television Workshops in Maine.
Her interest towards jazz developed in 2006 after attending the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for the first time. By 2007, Adriana had started documenting major Jazz living legends and began photographing for the Hot House magazine in 2008-16. Her first Jazz HD short video was sponsored by Powell and Sonare Flutes and released in 2010. Continuing her photography of major CD covers, portfolios, and videos, earned her a nomination by the Jazz Journalist Association as a finalist for best short Jazz video in 2014.
Over her career, she has produced countless HD professional videos for renowned Jazz musicians including Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Willie Jones III, Eric Reed, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Mulgrew Miller, and many others.
Her first photography book, AM JAZZ “Three generations under the lens”, published originally in Europe has recently been released in the United States.
Adriana’s photography covers a wide spectrum of some of today’s finest Jazz musicians, along with both live action and portraiture from International Jazz Festival performances. Her architectural fine art photography can be found in the best art galleries in NYC.
Adriana currently resides in Dumbo, Brooklyn and is working as a freelance professional Photographer and Cinematographer.