Mia Araujo is an Argentine-American artist, born and raised in Los Angeles. She has long been fascinated by the multi-faceted complexity that makes each person unique and believes that all individuals contain an entire universe within them, which is invisible to the naked eye. Arajo’s work concentrates on giving shape to the unseen forces within her subjects; their thoughts, memories, emotions, and complex histories. These qualities fit together to form a vast, rich inner-landscape of identity and mythology for her characters.
In May 2007, Araujo graduated as valedictorian from Otis College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Creative Writing. Since then she has shown her work in prominent galleries across the US and around the world. Her work has also been published in Suggestivism, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Imagine FX, Spectrum 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, Juxtapoz, Society of Illustrators LA, Blue Canvas, Infected by Art, Miroir Magazine, Creep Machine, and the Creative Quarterly.
“Technically polished works are what I’ve always striven to make and what I enjoy to look at most. I’m not particularly interested in taking my work to the extent of hyper-realism, I want some kind of stylization to it so that it can be recognizable as my work – like handwriting. I like to invite the viewer into my pictures with an aesthetic ‘surface’ – like a siren’s song, luring them in deeper to decipher the meaning of the painting, which is my ultimate goal.” – Mia Araujo (Three Pipe Problem)