Michelle Araujo, aka Mia, believes that each individual contains an entire universe within them and strives to depict this in her paintings. Her work reads as personal portraits that represent all the unseen forces at work within the subject, be it spirits, inner demons, conflicting emotions or the imagination, resulting in an amalgam of imagery. Each painting weaves multiple layers of detail, in an attempt to represent the multi-faceted personalities of her characters, their complex identities and their personal mythologies
Fascinated by story, character and the qualities that make people unique, she’s influenced by Tim Burton, Walt Disney, Miyazaki, Kay Nielsen, Klimt, fairytales, performance art, vintage photography, music, literature, animation, silent cinema and world cultures.
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