kya lou is an artist born and raised in San Diego, California. In recent years, her craft has brought her to live and study in Los Angeles. 

At the time of her birth, her grandparents owned an art gallery where her parents also worked part-time. The artists earliest
years were spent running amuck and entertaining visitors. She likes to think that specific environment
was the catalyst for her artistic career. Kya has been practicing photography for ten years and over that time 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 used to define Black folk.

Some of her influences include coffee, Ernie Barnes paintings, Black/Afrikan Student Unions, The Boondocks, fans at Black churches, Soul Train videos, Sankofa, podcasts, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Outkast, Busta Rhymes, The Soulquarians, disk jockeys, Joonbug, hip hop being bigger than the government, Erykah Badu, Deborah Willis, her fathers home in Denmark, Tennessee, the L.A Rebellion, Queen Latifah, gardening, Black Owned, Terence Nance, Kwesi Abbensetts, chooped & screwed tapes,  Afrofuturism, Alice Coltrane, Paris is Burning, Barry Jenkins, Leimert Park, small black moleskine notebook, incense and images of Black folk made by Black folk. 

Photo by Lentworth McIntosh. Shot in Oakland, California. 

Photo by Lentworth McIntosh. Shot in Oakland, California.