Nydia Blas

B. 1981, Ithaca, NY, USA. Lives and works in Ithaca, NY, USA.


Nydia Blas delicately weaves stories concerning circumstance, value, and power and uses her work to create a physical and allegorical space presented through a Black feminine lens. Her work, through the use of photography, collage, and video, straddles the boundaries of documentary and surrealism. The result is an environment that is dependent upon the belief that in order to maintain resiliency, a magical outlook is necessary.

Blas was born in 1981 in Ithaca, NY, USA. She received her Master of Fine Arts, Art Photography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA and her Bachelor of Science, Cinema and Photography, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, USA.

Blas’s work was recently featured in The New York Times Magazine with her portrait of 2018 Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and in the Mfon: A Journal of Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. She has completed artist residencies at Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY, USA and The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, USA. She has been exhibited at The George Washington Carver Museum, Austin, TX, USA and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY, USA. She is the recipient of the 2018 Light Work Grant.

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