MIAʼs work is her response to the natural world, especially the brilliant colours and light of Argentina, music and emotion. She has lived and worked in London since 1993 and taken part in solo and group shows in Europe and the Americas. Her works are held in collections in every continent. MIA gave her first solo show at the age of six, when her mother, who was also a gifted artist, hung her paintings between the trees in the main square of their home town in the north of Argentina. MIA graduated from the University of Fine Arts,Tucumán, and moved to Italy after she won a scholarship to study painting with the artist Fabrizio Plessi at the Accademia delle Belli Arte in Venice. While living in Italy, MIA was commissioned to paint murals in Taiwan and Austria and also studied print-making in Salzburg. In his foreword to the catalogue of MIAʼs 2003 show at the Centro Borges, Buenos Aires, the late Pierre Restany (he critic who 'discovered' Yves Klein and a great authority on Latin American art) highlighted the distinctive qualities of MIAʼs work: “The exuberance and spontaneity of her painting have their roots in her emotional life. This is why her art will out-last over-rational art: for MIA, each colour represents a sound and each painting is a sun-burst of colour, of joy and imagination which is notable for its musical equilibrium”. These connections continue to inspire MIAʼs paintings and her 3D works, such as the two life-size baby elephants she painted for the Elephant Family (auctioned by Christieʼs in Milan and Sothebyʼs in London), the giant eggs for the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, London, the exuberant life-sized crocodile, which was exhibited in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and the concert grand piano she turned into an abstract 3D painting while artist in residence at Steinway & Sons, London. In 2010. MIA spent several months at Steinway Hall where, taking inspiration from the colour and energy of Les Ballets Russes, she transformed a shiny black concert grand piano into an abstract painting. She called it 'Dancing Soul' and Steinway sold it (for a six figure sum) to a collector last year. The works Mia created while painting the piano were exhibited in a solo show, ʻThe Music of Colourʼ, curated by Elisa Martinelli at Moor House, London in 2011. MIAʼs exploration of colour is greatly helped by her longstanding collaboration with the paint maker Michael Harding. His oils are used by many leading artists and MIA has used his colours for twenty years. He recently created four special colours for MIA, including 'Miamarillo Nazari', which she is using while artist in residence at the Alhambra, Granada. Since 2011, MIA has held a series of solo exhibitions in Andalucia, most recently (2014) a show of her cycle ‘Camino de Luz’ at the Archbishop’s Palace in Granada. She is currently preparing for three solo shows this year; at the Asia Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong; in France and the Centro Borges, Buenos Aires. MIA says the following words of Paul Klee, from 1918, describe her own creative process: “Everything around me dissolves and interesting works emerge as if of their own accord. My hand is entirely the instrument of a distant sphere. It isnʼt my head that is working, but something else, something higher, something somewhere more remote. I must have great friends out there – obscure, but also brilliant - and theyʼre all very good to me.” Solo Shows: 1987: Centro Cultural, Universidad de Tucumán; Casa de la Cultura de Salta (Argentina). 1988: Teatro Municipal de Iquique, (Chile). Museo de Arte Visual, Concordia, Entre Rios (Argentina). 1989: Hotel Hongaria, Lido de Venezia, (Italy); 1990: Consulado de Argentina, Milan. 1991: Otto Design Studio: mural de 20 metros (Taiwan); Durini Gallery, Londres. 1992: Thompson's Gallery, London; Mural in Sölden hotel (Austria); Delfina's Studio, London. 1995: Dragon Studios, London. 1997: Casino Pedrocchi, Padova (Italy). 2001: The Corporate Connoisseurs, London. 2003: Galleria “La Rinascente”, Padova; Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires. 2004, 2005: Salon des Arts, London. 2006: Studio Show: Ceramics and works on paper; "Art Feast", Salon des Arts. 2007: Open Studio Show, London. 2009: Natuzzi/London Design Week. 2010: Maya Gallery, London. 2011: Convento de Santo Domingo, Ronda, (Spain); 'The Music of Colour', Art Moor House, London. 2012: Centro Cultural, El Viso del Alcor; Antares, Sevilla; Centro Cultural Gran Capitán, Granada. 2013: Institut Français, London. 2014: Centro Cultural Nuevo Inicio, Granada. Group Shows: 1987: Centro Cultural, Tucuman; Cabildo y Casa de la Cultura, Salta; Casa de la Cultura Jujuy; Museo de Arte Visuale, Concordia. 1988: National Salon of Painting and Engraving, Buenos Aires; San Vidal Gallery, Venezia. 1989: La Cupola Gallery, Padova; Piazza Cavour Gallery, Padova; Talkhaus, Salzburg (Austria). 1990: "Logos" International Contemporary Art Fair, Varrallo Sesia,(Italia). 1991: "Art '91", International Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia, London; “Logos" International Contemporary Art Fair, Padova. 1994: "Santhia": Mostra Nazionale di Pittura Contenporánea, (Italia); "Nomad's Feast", Sloane Square, London; CSK Gallery, Eton (UK). 1996: Canning House, London. 2001-03: Chase exhibition, Royal College of Art, London. 2002: Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, (Mexico). 2010: Elephant Parade, London. 2011: Italian Embassy; Fiumatto Fine Arts, London; 'Jungle City', Edinburgh; 'Elephant Parade', Milan. 2012: 'Hidden Gems of Contemporary Art', DSK Gallery, London; 'Fabergé Great Egg Hunt', London.