José Ney was born in Havana and began working as a photojournalist after being an artisan artist, graphic designer, draftsman and architectural designer for several years.
His images have been presented in more than 100 collective and individual exhibitions around the world. In spaces like The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa; Southeast Museum of Photography Daytona; Latino Museum, Omaha, Nebraska; Richmond Hall / The Menil Collections, Houston; Downey Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; Museum of Fine Arts of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; INAH Photo Library, Pachuca, Mexico; Quirquincho Tambo Museum, La Paz. Bolivia; Museum of Huelva. Spain; Humor Museum, San Antonio de los Baños and National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, Cuba; Photographic Archive Toscano, Italy; Photo library of Cuba; VI and VII International Biennial of Art (SIART 09 and SIART 11) and Editions Tristán Barbarà, Barcelona, Spain among other spaces in America and Europe.
He has received more than 40 different recognitions, honors and awards in international shows and in nationals of Cuba, Spain and the United States. His works are in permanent collections such as the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, Texas; Lehigh University Art Galleries / Operation Museum, Bethlehem, PA. Mother Jones International, Fund for Documentary Photog. San Francisco, USA. Photographic Archive Toscano, Italy; INAH Photo Library, Pachuca, Mexico; University of La Rábida, Huelva. Spain; World Press Photo Foundation. Holland; Photography Forum Frankfurt. Germany; Photographic Archive Toscano, Italy; Photo library of Cuba; Biennial Collection SIART - Bolivia and Editions Tristán Barbarà, Barcelona, Spain, among other private collections in America and Europe.
Selected for various catalogs including "Critical Approach to Current Latin American Photography." 1991; "Fotofest' 94. Contemporary Photography from the Island, 1980 to the Present "Houston. USA; ¨100 Years of Cuban Photography.¨ 1999; ¨Memories: Cuban Visual Arts of the XX Century .¨ 2004; "We the most infidels: Critical narrations about Cuban art (1993-2005)¨ and "Under the Cuban Sun (1930-2016)" Throckmorton Fine Art. New York. USA 2016, among others.
Guest as Member of the Selection Committee International (XI) and (XII) International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Florence Italy (2017 end 2019). Member of the Selection Committee International Contemporary Art Competition, Miami 2017 USA. He is co-founder of the Open Art Corporation Miami, Florida in 2017, USA. He has also participated as a Jues of photography in Reflections Art Competition (PTSA) at Olympia High School, Orlando, Florida, in the courses of (2012 - 2013) and (2013 - 2014).
He is a member of the Janus Association (advertising and promotion of the visual arts) Barcelona, Spain, 2012. Also an accepted member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) in sections of Applied Arts (1989) and photography (1992) .