AYDE RAYAS is a local artist. Her artwork reflects the spontaneity, patterns and layers found in nature. Ayde is also a Licensed Creative Art Therapist and a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, MPS Art Therapy Program. She has been working as an art therapist with youth in New York City for the past 14 years, and passionately creates a safe space for adolescents to express themselves through art. She holds a private practice in Riverdale at Human-KindNYC on Johnson Ave. Ayde has exhibited artwork in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Ithaca, and France. Her bold, layered and whimsical body of work are reflections on nature and the human spirit, She is influenced by ferns, her Mexican roots and her grandmother's resourcefulness.