Mia Makila – Bio

Through my art I’m able to give all my inner demons a face – because it’s easier to punch them in the face if they actually have one!


I am deeply connected to my art. I see it as an extension of myself and vice versa. Even though the aesthetics of my art vary a lot the focus is always on a clear and raw expression. I believe our core is a place of magic and wonder, so I always try to stay true to what I find inside it. My work is based on difficult core emotions like fear, angst, rage and shame but there’s always a tension between one emotion and another – a balancing act between the raw and the delicate. My art has a lot of horror elements but it’s also playful, with vivid colors, absurdities, funny contradictions and sexual curiosity.

There is a difference between how I approach painting and how I approach my digital art. When I’m painting I deal with traumas and my inner darkness, but my digital art is more optimistic and it is a place where I dissect my dreams, fantasies and psychological processes. When I am in the process of painting, I get to explore difficult emotions in a very “hands on” kind of way – whilst the digital process is both soothing and meditative. Both processes are part of my healing. They are a playground for my spiritual awakening and artistic metamorphosis.


My inspiration and my artistic influences come from many different sources; Roger Ballen, Frida Kahlo, René Magritte, Lena Cronqvist, Hieronymus Bosch, American colonial folk art, Grandma Moses, Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch, the golden age of Walt Disney Studios – and I have a soft spot in my heart for genres like art brut, primitive art and outsider art. 


I am self taught, in every creative area (painting, digital art, photography, writing, poetry etc). Needless to say, I never went to art school. Instead, I’m an educated art historian/idea historian.

I am based in Sweden but participate mostly in international art shows.

I am also the founder of the Swedish art site ART MONSTERS OF SWEDEN which is the starting point for the Swedish lowbrow & dark art movement. I run a podcast for ART MONSTERS (in Swedish).