Aronda Xystris has been an Artist/Photographer for more than 60 years. Creating for her has always been about seeing beyond the obvious image to find a unique way of expressing it. She has photographed everything from architecture, to landscape, to the unexpected in street photography. Her influences in this genre include Vivian Maier, Mary Ellen Mark, and Berenice Abbott.
During her many summers in Provincetown, MA, she was exposed not only to the vast, seductive landscape of the Cape, often referred to the “Cape Cod Light,” but to the to the inspiration of photographers, artists, and writers who lived there. Spending one summer taking classes with photographer Joel Meyerowitz, was a huge influence on what she saw and how she continues to see the land and sea.
Aronda graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and furthered her art and photography education at C.W. Post, School of Visual Arts, NYIT, Truro Center for the Arts in Cape Cod, and Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY. She has been a member of Mills Pond Gallery in St. James, and Stepping Stone Gallery in Huntington, where she has lived since1994. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries in Queens, NY, Babylon, NY, Lincoln Center, NY, and in studio settings in Fire Island, NY, where she a member of the Artist Tour of Cherry Grove. Her work has been featured in Newsday, New York Times, and Fire Island News.