Mia Darling

1995 -

Mia Darling is an artist who was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a graduate of Michaelis School of Fine Art (2018).

Darling works with the unusual and playful medium of plasticine. Her plasticine paintings are created by using her hands as the paintbrush and perspex or glass as the canvas. Darling's plasticine works are colourful and painterly explorations into beauty, childhood and body image. She is most excited by the fantastical, the girly and the romantic, and fascinated by all things pink.

Darling's works often revolve around female nudes, drawing from Western canons and then doing away with the rules and restrictions of the past through the medium of plasticine. She deals with the body along with its modern and age-old issues, those which are influenced by society. She paints about her own bodily experiences alongside doves, cascading roses and kittens.

Selected Exhibitions

2019 Things To Hide Behind, solo exhibition, 99 Loop Gallery

2018 Heavenly Bodies, First Thursday pop up gallery group show on Kloof Street, curated by Jade Cheyenne

2018 Graduating Show at Michaelis School of Fine Art

2017 Mothers, Money, Manuscrpts and Minutes, group performance show, SMAC Gallery, curated by Thulile Gamedze


2018 Michaelis Painting Prize co-winner