Biography

 

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.

 

 CV

Education

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

Professional Experience

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           

Internship

2011 – 2013             Intern, (Photoshop, Printing and Scanning), Jon Naar Photography, Trenton, NJ

Awards

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            

Exhibition Record

Solo

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

Group

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

Selected Collections

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

Publications

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

Bibliography

2015                       Univision, Acá Entre Nos

                 http://www.univision.com/nueva-york/la-travesia-de-muchos-de-alina-marin-bliach-video

                 Miller, Lynn, Stories of Cuban Immigration at Mercer Photo Exhibit, W Windsor & Plainsboro News

                 http://www.wwpinfo.com/index.php/component/us1more/?Itemid=6&key=6-12-15-cuba

                Town Topics, Photographs of Cuba at MCCC Gallery

                 http://www.towntopics.com/wordpress/2015/06/10/photographs-of-cuba-at-mccc-gallery/

                 Duffy, Tammy, Mercer Gallery to Feature Cuban-Born Photographer and MCCC, Alumna Alina Bliach,

                 Duffy’s Cultural Couture

                 http://www.tammyduffy.com/ARTFASHION/index.blog/2354704/mercer-gallery/

                 Humphrey, Wendy, Mercer Gallery to Feature Cuban-born Photographer, East Windsor Patch

   http://patch.com/new-jersey/eastwindsor/mercer-gallery-feature-cuban-born-photographer-and-mccc-alumna-alina-bliach-june-13-24/

2012                       Breezin with Bierman, TV interview by Adam Bierman, Princeton Community Television, Princeton, NJ

                               https://vimeo.com/50994451

2011                       Program Cover Photo, Aphrodite, Phillips Mills Photographic Exhibition

2007                       Passaic County Community College, Mar y Tierra

                 http://www.pccc.edu/home/cultural-affairs/art-galleries/changing-exhibits/past-exhibits/mar-y-tierra

Professional Affiliations

2016                        College Art Association (CAA)

2015                        American Photographic Artists (APA)

2015                        Society for Photographic Education (SPE)

2007                        American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)

Volunteer Work/Donations

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

Foreign Languages

                 Spanish (Fluency in Speaking, Reading, Writing)

 

 

CLIENTS

Marlene Forte - Actress, “Dallas”                                

Kimble Lewis & Company

Massage Garden                                                      

Gold Career Coaching

Empower Fitness                                                   

Open Door Publications

Linda Principe Interiors LLC                                                                          

W.W.P. H.S. South Choir

Wetlands Institute                                                 

Visitation Home

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

 

TESTIMONIALS

 

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!

Tricia Fagan
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.

Ajay Kaisth
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!

Laura Fusco
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.

Laura Alonso-Belcastro
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.

Eugene Gentile
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.

Jon Naar
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.  

Jon Naar 

Photographer/Author of twelve books on photography and related topics

Mary Weaver
Broker Sales Associate at Long & Foster Companies

Alina has an eye for detail and provides excellent product and service.

Kimble Lewis
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!

Glenn Lederman
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.

Maruxa McDonald
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.

Thank you

Merkin Michael
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!

Karen Miller
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.

Seth Hunter
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.

Sandra Hoedemaker

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.

Linda Principe

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.