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Mia Araujo, 1986 | Pop-Surrealism painter





Born and raised in Los Angeles, Argentine-American painter Mia Araujo 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.
Her work tends towards the movements of Surrealism, fantasy and suggestivism and she lists some of her creative influences as Arthur Rackham, Hayao Miyazaki, Takehiko Inoue, Glen Keane, and Kinuko Craft.
Education - 2007 B.F.A. Illustration, Otis College of Art and Design, Valedictorian. Minor in Creative Writing.

SOLO / FEATURED EXHIBITIONS:
  • 2012 - Solo Exhibition: Into the Woods. Corey Helford Gallery. Culver City, CA.
  • 2011 - 2-Person Exhibition: The Secret Keepers. Roq la Rue Gallery. Seattle, WA.
  • 2010 - 3-Person Exhibition: Seeing is Believing. Corey Helford Gallery. Culver City, CA.
  • 2009 - 3-Person Exhibition: Riddles in the Dark. Corey Helford Gallery. Culver City, CA.
  • 2008 - 3-Person Exhibition: Illuminate. Corey Helford Gallery. Culver City, CA.
MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS:
  • 2011 - Grand Central Art Center. Suggestivism Group Museum Exhibition. Santa Ana, CA.
  • 2010 - Bristol City Museum. Art From the New World Group Exhibition. Bristol, UK.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
  • 2015 - La Familia, 10-Year Anniversary. Thinkspace Gallery. Culver City, CA.
  • 2014 - LAX-SFO. Hashimoto Contemporary. San Francisco, CA.
  • 2014 - POP-Eyeconic. Corey Helford Gallery. Culver City, CA.
  • 2013 - Zombie, curated by Travis Louie. Last Rites Gallery. New York, NY.
  • 2013 - Mark Ryden YHWH. Toy Art Gallery. Melrose, CA.
  • 2013 - Suggestivism: Rome, curated by Nathan Spoor. Rome, Italy.
  • 2013 - Game of Thrones, presented by HBO  and Mondo Gallery. Austin, TX.
  • 2013 - Art Collector's Starter Kit. Corey Helford Gallery. Culver City, CA.
  • 2011 - Lush Life. Roq la Rue Gallery. Seattle, WA.
  • 2011 - Zero to Sixty. 5-Year Anniversary. Corey Helford Gallery. Culver City, CA.
  • 2011 - Enchanted Forest. Strychnin Gallery. Berlin, Germany.
  • 2011 - Inle, curated by Greg Simkins. Gallery 1988. LA, CA.
  • 2011 - Eau de Parfum. Dorothy Circus Gallery. Rome, Italy.
  • 2010 - Corey Helford Gallery-SCOPE Miami. Miami, FL.
  • 2010 - Hi-Fructose 5-Year Anniversary. Copro Gallery. Santa Monica, CA.
  • 2009 - Go East. LeBasse Projects. New York, NY.
  • 2009 - Lush Life. Roq la Rue Gallery. Seattle, WA.
  • 2009 - Overdose-Hi Fructose. Copro Gallery. LA, CA.
  • 2009 - 10th Anniversary. Roq la Rue Gallery. Seattle, WA.







































Mia Araujo è nata e cresciuta a Los Angeles, per lungo tempo affascinata dalle storie e dai personaggi che incontrava nelle moltissime letture fantastiche che le tenevano compagnia e soprattutto dalla complessità poliedrica che rende ogni persona unica, come lei afferma nel suo blog. Mia ritiene che tutti gli individui contengano un universo intero dentro di loro, e questo sia invisibile ad occhio nudo.
Il suo lavoro si concentra perciò sul dare la forma alle forze invisibili dei suoi soggetti: fa affiorare i loro pensieri, i ricordi, le emozioni e le storie complesse. Sono queste caratteristiche, secondo lei, che si amalgamano insieme per formare un vasto quanto ricco paesaggio interiore che lega identità a mitologia di tutti i suoi personaggi.
Mia trae ispirazione da tutto questo territorio della memoria emotiva e leggendaria, ma soprattutto dalle fiabe, dalle performance artistiche, dalla fotografia d’epoca, dalla musica, dalla letteratura, dal mondo dell’animazione, e in generale da tutte le culture del mondo. Nel maggio 2007, si è laureata presso l'Otis College of Art and Design di Los Angeles, con un BFA in Illustrazione e una laurea breve in Scrittura Creativa. La ventitreenne Mia espone attualmente il suo lavoro in importanti gallerie pop-surrealiste degli Stati Uniti. Il suo lavoro inoltre è stato pubblicato in alcune riviste del settore quali: Spectrum, Society of Illustrators di Los Angeles, e il Creative Quarterly.