Victoria Mimiaga, is a San Francisco Bay Area artist and local Mill Valley resident. The Lumber Yard is home base to V. Mimiaga Art Studio, where Victoria paints, sells her works, and teaches private art classes.
Located in the Mercantile Building, 2nd Floor,
Hours: by appointment only
Victoria studied art at the Honolulu Academy of Art, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and the College of Marin in Kentfield. She has exhibited her work at several Bay Area galleries including Studio Gallery, Telegraph Hill Gallery and SF MOMA Artists Gallery in San Francisco. Her solo exhibition, “Food in Plastic,” was held at Café Museo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It chronicles the vast array of needless, redundant and amusing plastic receptacles used in packaging food. Victoria has attended master workshops from a variety of artists, including Jove Wang, Randall Sexton, Peggy Kroll Roberts and Skip Whitcomb. Her work has been reviewed in SF Weekly, Victoria Magazine, Marinscope and California Home and Design. Victoria is a member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America and BayWood Artists in Sausalito.
“Painting for me is like solving a problem or a riddle. I look at a California landscape and wonder how to paint it. It is already so perfect, so beautiful. How do you paint what you see and feel? How do you paint atmosphere? The discipline of painting is for me full of technical challenges and emotional mysteries. Sometimes a subject just calls to you, reaches out and asks to be painted. Once I walked through the Mill Valley Market and was almost assaulted by a Mother’s Day Cake. It stopped me in my tracks.My 'Food in Plastic' series came to me in a similar way. I was amazed at the prevalence and often needless use of plastic in our grocery stores. Why for instance, would cucumbers need to be shrink wrapped? Or fresh apples be encased in large plastic boxes? The use of plastic has proliferated since I started the series, so much so that I've completed a second plastic-themed series, 'Masters in Plastic'. The over arching message to this series is because we are so surrounded by plastic, we fail to see it. When taken out of context and included in copies of iconic old master paintings, plastic becomes visible again. The series remains humorous, and thought provoking; a less preachy approach to an ongoing problem."