kya lou is an artist born and raised in San Diego, California. In recent years, her craft has brought her to live, study and produce in Los Angeles.
From birth until the age of three, her grandparents owned an art gallery where her parents also worked part-time. The artists earliest years were spent entertaining visitors. She believes that specific environment was the catalyst for her artistic career. Kya began her photographic practice while in middle school, 2007. Since then she has developed a body of work that is concerned with communities of the African diaspora. She uses her camera as a vehicle to contribute to the expanding visual vocabulary of Black folk.
Some of her influences include the production + consumption of coffee, Ernie Barnes paintings, The Boondocks, fans at Black churches, Soul Train videos, Sankofa, podcasts, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Outkast, Busta Rhymes, The Soulquarians, disk jockeys, friends, Erykah Badu, Deborah Willis, her fathers home in Denmark, Tennessee, the L.A Rebellion, Queen Latifah, gardening, everythang Black Owned, Terence Nance, Kwesi Abbensetts, chopped & screwed tapes, Afrofuturism, Alice Coltrane, Paris is Burning, Barry Jenkins, Leimert Park, the arts library at UCLA, small black moleskine notebooks, incense and images of Black folk made by Black folk.