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“Be the person you would want at your side on any journey. Use your gifts and make your passage meaningful.” – Nia Andino, Visual Artist, Writer and Interior Design Assistant from Queens, New York.
I met Nia through the New York City Latina Writers Group; she was in charge to provide writing prompts to all members and push us to write for a solid week. Right away I felt in love with her ability to mix visuals with words in such a beautiful way that you embark on a traveling journey and you can see and taste what she is describing. She got the job done. All of my first poetic writings were inspired by her prompts.
We eventually met in person at her feature at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe where I discovered she was also a visual artist.
Her paintings are beautiful colorful sketches of people or objects. Every piece made you stare and develop a narrative.
Nia’s love for art began with the countless sketching trips she had as a child growing up in Queens, NY. Trips to Flushing Meadow Park with pencils and sketchpad in hand, she would try to capture the shape of trees that turned into gardens on paper. She is inspired by nature, spirituality and her Latin/ Caribbean background in the creation of both her visual and written work. Painting mainly in acrylics, she usesvibrant colors and metallics as key elements in her pieces.
Nia is an art major of LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, she also has a BFA in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design. She has shown her artwork at the Aeon Logic Gallery, The Brecht Forum, Center City Galleries, Abrazo Interno Gallery, Alchemist Lounge, Rio II Gallery, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Chelsea Shul and Victoria Congregational Church as a featured artist for the first Canvas of Words.
Nia was by my side at my first open mic at Hunter’s College. I was really nervous and she encouraged me to do it. To keep me calm we embarked on an art conversation and she shared with me some of the sketches she had on her black book. At that moment I knew we had to work together!
When I was planning the first Canvas of Words I extended an invitation to her to become ace of the featured visual artists and she accepted graciously. She produced four beautiful paintings for the show and donated her time, she was so gracious and I am forever thankful to her for that grace and for being part of my first show.
Currently, she’s been hired to make a very special painting to celebrate my 40th birthday and I couldn’t think of any other artist for such job who’s also a fellow Leo .
I admire Nia’s ability to create art in a way that shows the beauty in the world around us. You can view her work at www.andinostyles.com

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About wendyang

Wendy Angulo is a New York City born Latina, raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Wendy is a mother, writer, lawyer and the founder of Wendy Angulo Productions, an organization whose goal is to support, encourage, and promote poetry and visual arts in the borough of Queens. Wendy, re-discovered her love for writing in the summer of 2011 after attending a spoken word event in Queens. She then joined the New York City Latina Writers Group where she has been an active member and has taken on the role as the organization’s Program Director. Wendy is an essayist who is currently working on her Memoir. She has read her work at several venues throughout New York City, including Nuyorican’s Poets Cafe, East Harlem Cafe, Sankofa Sisterhood, Camaradas and has been published in the online journal Mom Egg Review; she is a 2016 VONA alum and the sole creator/curator and producer of Canvas of Words, an art and poetry showcase that birthed of Wendy’s desire to bring the arts back to her beloved borough of Queens. Wendy continues to scout for new talent and build new connections to perpetuate the arts and strengthen the literary community.
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