Nila Onda has lived across two continents and produced a multi-faceted body of work ranging from documentary to fine art photography and experimental film.
She was born in Rome and spent her formative years pursuing her passion for art, music, dance and science. A young cinephile and self-taught photographer, Nila built her first darkroom at age fifteen and developed a strong interest in chemistry, that led her to study alternative processes with Peter Fredrick, inventor of the Tempera Print Process. After attaining her BA from IED (European Institute of Design), she moved to London where she has spent most of her adult life working in film and television production - delivering image content for documentary, news and current affairs - and as a film and photography lecturer at Westminster-Kingsway College. Her work has been exhibited in New York (Urban Space Gallery), London (The Lux Centre) and auctioned for charity in Rome. In 2014 she embarked on a long journey through the Peruvian Amazon. This immersive experience of profound connection with nature and humankind had a powerful personal and artistic impact that resonates in her current work. She returns to the tropical jungle every year. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Black and White Spider Award in the category of silhouette. She has also received nominations in the categories of architectural, nature and still life. In 2017 her work was nominated in the category of wildlife.