Cuban-American photographer Alina Marin-Bliach immigrated to the United States from Cuba in the late 1960s. As a child, she had a love for photography, but was strongly persuaded by her parents to study pharmacy instead. Alina received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1986 from Long Island University in New York. Alina and her husband own an independent pharmacy, Marin Pharmacy, in West New York, NJ. They have been an integral part of the WNY community for the last 30 years. Though she is a licensed pharmacist, Alina has not practiced pharmacy in over 20 years.
In 2006 Alina earned an Associates of Fine Arts in Photography from Mercer County Community College, studying under the direction of the late Louis Draper. She ran her own photography business for over 15 years and worked closely with Master photographer, Jon Naar, for 3 years helping him digitalize some of his most iconic images. It was Jon that encouraged her to apply to graduate school. Alina earned an MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD, in 2016.
She has received numerous awards and honors for her photography and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. One of her images was the program cover photo for the 19th Phillips’ Mill Photography Exhibition. Her photographs are held in both public and private collections. She is an author, has served as Juror for various art shows, been an instructional speaker, and a workshop instructor.
To read more of her bio or see her work please visit her website, www.alinabliach.com.