Mia Saine is an illustrator and designer based right here in Memphis, and they are killing the digital art game by combining bold design and affirming messages with powerful portraits. All together, these ingredients blend to create memorable, important works of art. I found Mia on Instagram, and each of their posts is uplifting and inspiring. Mia’s pieces are the kind that you want to buy, hang on your wall, wear on a shirt and show all of your friends.
Take some time to get to know the mind behind the work:
Emily Zachry: To start, tell me a little bit about yourself and your background:
Mia Saine: I’m a 25-year-old illustrator and graphic designer from Memphis. I’ve been doing artwork professionally for three years, since graduating from Memphis College of Art in 2017. When I’m not dancing in my favorite socks or obsessing over tea, I collaborate with fun individuals, organizations and companies to create awareness and solutions. I create light-hearted, playful illustrations and designs with bold colors and simplified figures.
“[In high school], I was a painter, and I hated computers – which is hilarious to think about now.” -Mia Saine
EZ: Are you from Memphis?
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EZ: How did you get started in art and design? Have you always done digital work?
EZ: That being said, how has your work evolved over the years?
“I want to explore various ways I can improve people’s lives and remind them that every day is worthwhile.” -Mia Saine
EZ: Where do you find inspiration?
EZ: Are there any recurring themes in your work?
EZ: What are your personal artistic goals?
“I think these spaces are gradually becoming more inclusive and safer due to the work of my peers.” -Mia Saine
EZ: Can you think of the best piece of artistic advice you’ve ever received? If so, what was it?
EZ: Which artists do you look up to? Any local to Memphis?
“These uncertain times have transformed like how lava eventually transforms into an island. I haven’t been able to do any exhibitions or pop-ups, but I began receiving way more remote work.” -Mia Saine