Nayland Blake is an artist, educator and instigator. Interracial desire, same-sex love, and racial and sexual bigotry are recurrent themes in Blake’s sculptures, drawings, performances and videos, which reflect his preoccupation with his own racial and sexual identities. He was born in 1960 in New York City and lives there now, after taking a fourteen year sojourn in California. He is currently employed as the chair of the ICP/Bard MFA program. His work can be seen in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, and numerous others. In 2008, he successfully paid off his student loans.