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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mia has long been fascinated by stories and characters, and the multi-faceted complexity that makes each person unique.
Mia believes that all individuals contain an entire universe within them, which is invisible to the naked eye. Her work concentrates on giving shape to the unseen forces within her subjects— their thoughts, memories, emotions, and complex histories. It is these qualities that fit together to form a vast, rich inner-landscape of identity and mythology for her characters.
Mia draws inspiration from everything, but especially fairy tales, performance art, vintage photography, music, literature, animation, and world cultures.
In May 2007, Mia graduated as valedictorian from Otis College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Creative Writing. The 23-year-old currently shows her work in prominent pop-surrealist galleries across the US. Her work has been published in Spectrum, Society of Illustrators LA, and the Creative Quarterly.