Dyah Neilson (b. 1996 Nassau, The Bahamas) graduated from Queen's College High School in 2013 and from York University, Toronto, Canada with a BFA in Visual Arts in 2018, after which she returned to The Bahamas. While in high school, she received the top score for the Art BJC (2008) and BGCSE (2012) examinations in the country, and received the Governor General's Choice Award in the Annual Central Bank Competition in 2009. She participated in her first craft show ETSY: Made in Canada (2017) in Toronto and since returning to The Bahamas in 2019, she has taken part in group exhibitions at Doongalik, the Chan Pratt Foundation, and The Current. Neilson held her first solo exhibition Love & Fear (2019) at Doongalik Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. Preferring fast drying mediums, she works in acrylic paint and coloured pencil, and her use of a dry brush technique allows her to build up layers of colour while keeping a relatively flat
surface. Neilson is deeply inspired by nature, natural and social histories, and the
symbolism and metaphors that are ingrained in these histories. She uses symbolism in her portraits to explore the complexities of spirituality, relationships and femininity.