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.

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Self portrait in my Great-Grandmothers Home, Denmark, Tennessee (2017)