A native Angelino, Gina Valona is a photographer and arts educator who uses photography and various mediums to process and transform personal experiences into works that explore and question identity, environmental sustainability, societal constructs, beauty, life and death.
Early in her career, Valona studied acting at the Joanne Baron D.W. Brown Studio, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and holds a BA in Theatre from Cal State University Northridge. She has performed at the Shanghai International Theatre Festival in China, The National Theatre of South Korea, The Getty Center in Los Angeles and most recently with La Pocha Nostra at Highways Performance Space exploring identity politics.
Today, Gina holds an MFA in Public Practice from OTIS College of Art and Design where she teaches in the Create Action Department. She also teaches a variety of classes at the Los Angeles Center for Photography.