Born in Havana, Cuba, Alina began studying photography at the age of 12. After a short career as a pharmacist she was unable to stay away from her life's passion; she returned to school and earned an Associates of Fine Arts in Photography from Mercer County Community College. Years of successfully running her own photography business encouraged her to continue her education. She earned an MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2016. Known for her fine art photography and the painterly look to her work, Alina’s photographs exhibit a rare three-dimensional quality that draws the viewer into deeper examination of the subject. She has been the recipient of multiple awards, and her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. The artist currently lives in NJ with her husband and two dogs.
2016 MFA in Photography, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)
2006 AFA in Photography, Mercer County Community College, Summa cum Laude
1986 BS in Pharmacy, Long Island University, Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy
2017 Presenter, Oh, Snap! Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
2012 – Present Fine Art Photographer & Instructor, Alina Marin-Bliach Arts, Princeton Junction, NJ
2012 – Present Juror, Sights & Sounds Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Westfield, NJ
2000 – Present Professional Photographer, Photoshop Tutorials, Private Workshop Instructor, Alina B Studios LLC, West Windsor, NJ
2015 On-Line Teacher Assistant, Professor Lynn Wright, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2013 Instructional Speaker, Horizon Photography Summit, Wilmington, DE
1986 - 2000 Registered Pharmacist/Consultant Pharmacist/ Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, WNY, NJ
2011 – 2013 Intern, (Photoshop, Printing and Scanning), Jon Naar Photography, Trenton, NJ
2017 Finalist, Photographer's Forum magazine, 37th Annual, Best of Photography 2017
2017 Nominee, 12th Annual Black & White Spider Awards
2017 Honorable Mention, The Earth Giveth, Charles Dodgson Black & White Awards
2013 – 2016 SCAD, Multicultural Fellowship
2016 Third Place Art, Other, Moscow International Foto Awards
Honorable Mention, Family of Man, Old Age, Int’l Photography Awards
2015 Purchase Award, Mercer County Photography
2013 Best of Photography, Finalist Group, Photographer’s Forum magazine
2012 Merit Award, PPA International Photographic Competition
Hasselblad Photographer of the Month, January & April
2011 First Prize, Animal & Wildlife, Cityscapes, Professional Categories; Second Prize, Figure
& Nude, Professional category, Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, Pollux Awards
Merit Award PPA Loan Collection, PPA Int’l Photographic Competition
2010 Merit Award, PPA General Collection, PPA Int’l Photographic Competition
2008 Honorable Mention (double recipient), International Photography Awards
Honorable Mentions, Photo Techniques magazine, January/February
2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition, A Voyage of Many, The Gallery MCCC, West Windsor, NJ
2011 Life at the Edge, The Room, Soho, NYC, NY
2007 Essex County College, Newark, NJ
Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council, Passaic County College, Paterson, NJ
2006 Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ
2017 Second Annual Fine Art Exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography
2016 Generation Next, WWAC, Princeton Junction, NJ
2014 Silver & Ink, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
2013 Art Along the Fence Mural Project, Hoboken, NJ
2012 The Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2011 Mercer County Photography 2011 (Juried), The Gallery MCCC, West Windsor, NJ
Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition (Juried), New Hope, PA
2007 Dangerous Women II Invitational, The Gallery MCCC, West Windsor, NJ
2006 Focus on Sculpture 2006 (Juried), Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township, NJ
2015 Mercer County Governmental Offices, Trenton, NJ
2014 Metro Family Physicians Medical Group, San Diego, California
2012 Marlene Forte, actress, Los Angeles, California
2011 New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, Princeton Junction, NJ
2011 PPA Loan Collection
2017 The Hand Magazine, Issue 18, October 2017
2016 A Voyage of Many, Thesis, Savannah College of Art and Design
2015 Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, handmade limited edition folios
2009 Mar y Tierra, self-published
2004 Passage of Time, Limited Edition Artist Book, Mortar & Pestle Press
2003 The View West, Limited Edition Artist Book, Mortar & Pestle Press
2015 Univision, Acá Entre Nos
Miller, Lynn, Stories of Cuban Immigration at Mercer Photo Exhibit, W Windsor & Plainsboro News
Town Topics, Photographs of Cuba at MCCC Gallery
Duffy, Tammy, Mercer Gallery to Feature Cuban-Born Photographer and MCCC, Alumna Alina Bliach,
Duffy’s Cultural Couture
Humphrey, Wendy, Mercer Gallery to Feature Cuban-born Photographer, East Windsor Patch
2012 Breezin with Bierman, TV interview by Adam Bierman, Princeton Community Television, Princeton, NJ
2011 Program Cover Photo, Aphrodite, Phillips Mills Photographic Exhibition
2007 Passaic County Community College, Mar y Tierra
2016 College Art Association (CAA)
2015 American Photographic Artists (APA)
2015 Society for Photographic Education (SPE)
2007 American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
2015 New Jersey State Council on the Arts, NJ Senior Citizen Art Show
2010 – 2011 Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Fundraiser
2004 - 2010 West Windsor Plainsboro High School South Choir
2009 Visitation Home (Living residence for people with developmental disabilities)
2007 Wetlands Institute Wings & Water Festival
Spanish (Fluency in Speaking, Reading, Writing)
Marlene Forte - Actress, “Dallas”
Kimble Lewis & Company
Gold Career Coaching
Open Door Publications
Linda Principe Interiors LLC
W.W.P. H.S. South Choir
Rutgers University Wedding Expo
Family Wealth Planning
Chris Kalapis Construction
Business Network International
Integrated Wealth Management
Mark Venaglia Artworks
Darren Baldo Law
The Weaver Team, Long & Foster Realty
The Cuban Restaurant
Awakened Growth, Inc.
Peter Wasem Architecture LLC
New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners
Window Coverings Association of America, N.J Chapter
Marlene Forte - Actress
Independent Entertainment Professional
Alina's work is inspiring! It's wonderful to look at and will add an amazing view to ANY room in your home OR work place!
Curator, Not-for-Profit Administrator, Historian, Editor, Writer, Grantwriter; Researcher, Creative Collaborator
As a photographer, Alina is able to combine a truly artistic eye with a wide array of darkroom and digital skills to generate work that is, at the same time, both visually intriguing and produced expertly. Her portraits and landscapes are among my favorites -- always managing to capture that vantage point or expression that most of us see only in hindsight. As a business woman, Alina deftly combines professionalism with her signature warmth and humor.
Principal at KAI Advisors LLC
Alina has been, and continues to be, a mentor to my 14 year-old son, Marco, who is greatly interested in all things photography-related. I cannot tell you how lucky we are that she is working with him. She has gone out of her way several times to challenge him, teach him and has increased his interest and expertise in this field. Alina is a wonderful person, is technically superb and shares her knowledge as well as network of professionals unhesitatingly. To top that, her photography is incredible!
Owner, the massage garden
Alina is a creative goal oriented professional. I've had the pleasure of working with her within a business relationship . As an artist her photography speaks to me on many levels.
Director/Team Lead at Pfizer
Alina, was always a detailed oriented individual who has always had a great eye to capture photography in a way that it speaks to you. She is a talented and dependable person which is also evident in her work.
Senior Consultant at Gold Career Coaching
Alina is a pleasure to work with and her results are outstanding. If you saw my before and after profile pictures, you know what I mean. Alina's book is a must have and she is my 'go-to' person for all photographic matters. I will continue to hire her.
Owner at Jon Naar Photography
Alina Bliach has worked with me on the concept, design, and implementation of photographic images for presentation, exhibitions, and other printed materials.
In addition to providing a superb artistic vision, she has enthusiastically shared with me her exceptional knowledge and experience as a working photographer and artist, and in the very important execution of post-production technology.
She has always performed at the highest levels of professionalism, technical proficiency, and reliability.
I unhesitatingly recommend her services as a photographer and artist, and in other photography-related capacities.
For further information please contact me.
Photographer/Author of twelve books on photography and related topics
Broker Sales Associate at Long & Foster Companies
Alina has an eye for detail and provides excellent product and service.
Founder Kimble Lewis & Co...Past Senior Vice President of Capital One...Entrepreneur...Crazed Triathlon Fan..Proud Dad
I needed executive photos taken in 2012, and I wanted to stand out of the pack. Alina delivered high quality photos with a personal touch. I can confidently say the photos I have represent me. I highly recommend Alina!
Owner/Chief of Chiropractic at Active Choices Chiropractic and Wellness LLC
Alina has mastered her craft and has provided numerous examples of her expertise. She shows unique qualities in her work and shows unequaled enthusiasm and passion in what she does.
Design Planner - Estimator at Rutgers University
Alina was a true professional. I left the session in her hands and the results were amazing. I have known her for a very long time and her work is one of a kind. She is easy to work with. She is very hands on and working with her is truly a great experience. I strongly recommend her.
Prresident at M&M Quaity Automotive
Alina attacks every job with passion and integrity to ensure her clients receive way more than they anticipated regarding their expected results. Her work is breath taking and she shines in every job that she produces.
Joan Brame, Ph.D
Owner-Manager of Empower Fitness Gym for Women
Alina is an expert photographer with an extremely nice personality and high degree of reliability. I hired Alina to do a photo shoot of my staff and gym members back in the Summer of 2011, to form the base of a marketing campaign. Alina developed a creative approach to this project and I was extremely satisfied with the product. Highly recommend. Had a wonderful experience with Alina. Oops, I almost forgot Alina also took head shots of me which came out great!
Publisher at Open Door Publications
I love the photos Alina took of me. In fact, I have to admit they are the only photos of myself I've ever liked! She made the entire process comfortable and fun.
Senior Principal Research Engineer, medical diagnostic devices
A talented professional, Alina has pursued her dream with unmatched enthusiasm and passion for her art. Her photograph of our children graces our home. Alina’s eye for detail and commitment to perfection sets her work apart. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking a motivated and inspiring photographer.
I Help Personal Chefs Market Well, Get Known, And Attract More Ideal Clients With Ease
I needed professional head shots for my website and used Alina because I liked what I saw in her portfolio. I wasn't disappointed. She knew just how to position me so that she could get a flattering shot of my face. In addition, she was patient, easy to work with, and got the job done quickly. I'm also very happy with my final head shots! I'd highly recommend her.
Owner, Linda Principe Interiors LLC
Alina took my headshot two years ago, and I was very pleased with the outcome. I am usually critical of photos of myself, but she knew what to do to produce great results. I have gotten many, many compliments on my headshot, and I would definitely hire her again for future work.