Later, Aurora received her BFA majoring in Fine Arts at the University of California at Berkeley. There she discovered photography while working in a Plant Pathology laboratory. Several of her photographs were published in numerous scientific journals, and one of her photographs of the Counting Crows was published in Rolling Stone Magazine in 1994.
In 1995, she attended New York University’s acclaimed Master’s Program in Film & Television. Aurora received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production award as Writer/ Director for her script, Winnemucca Jones. She received two Warner Brother’s Post-Production grants as Writer/ Director/ Cinematographer for her short films, Rayne and Crawling with Love. She has been nominated both for a Director’s Guild Award for her short documentary, The Mansion, and an Eastman Kodak Scholarship in cinematography for her short film, Ozone. Also as Writer/ Director, three of Aurora’s feature screenplays have made it into the final round of the Sundance Feature Film Program: Dia in 2001, as well as 234 Divis and Punk Rock Bingo, both in 2003. In 2002 Aurora was one of the first members of the ABC’s New Talent Development Program.
Throughout all the years of filmmaking, Aurora’s love of photography greatly influenced her work and growth as an artist, and after moving to California in 2003, Aurora returned to her photography to explore her fascination with color and texture.
Being first generation Cuban American, Aurora is naturally drawn to island and coastal locations. Currently Aurora concentrates on her photographs using hand-held camera techniques and 35mm film to focus on her obsession of natural lighting. She creates abstract environmental pieces that evoke serenity and reflect her awe of color, texture, and light as they are reflected by all aspects of the natural world.