Originally from South Korea, Mija is a painter based in New York and Berlin. Their abstract paintings focus on empowerment through colors of emotions. They reevaluate the gender issues they have experienced since their youth. Mija’s education began with the Korean minimalist masters of Hong-ik university, where they received an MFA and BFA in painting. They later received a second MFA in painting from Rutgers, where they studied with American cultural activists. Mija has exhibited internationally in galleries like the New York Arts Center, Robert Miller Gallery, and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York; Hyundai Gallery and Kwanhoon Gallery in Seoul; Kleine Humboldt Galerie, Galerie Nord, and Atelierhof Kreuzberg in Berlin; and Galerie ARTQ13 in Rome. They is a recipient of the Ellis Elizabeth Scholarship in the United States and the MBC Grand Art Award in South Korea.