Miki Boni, a NYC native, is an award-winning painter who began her career in Manhattan's East Village drawing street portraits. Miki has lived in Mexico as a working artist, where she taught painting and drawing in San Miguel de Allende. There, and in Russia, she was deeply influenced by surrealism and, in Japan, by minimalism. In Mexico, the colors were totally unreserved; in the Northeast, they were muted; In Florida, the colors and forms were taken from the sea and the sunshine. In Chattanooga, her work is beginning to reflect her urban surroundings. She is the first American woman painter invited to be part of a permanent museum collection in Nayarit, Mexico. She was elected to Washington DC's National League of American Pen Women for her contributions to the visual arts. With an insatiable appetite for travel, Boni, also a published photographer, has created an image bank that she dips into frequently for her paintings. Her subjects often embrace the pets and people she has met along the way. Recipient of an ArtsMove grant, she moved to Chattanooga from The Village of the Arts, an artists’ colony she helped found on Florida’s Gulf Coast. She has been living and working on the City’s Southside since 2007. Boni completed her first 2-story mural, “Nyx, Goddess of Night,” as part of Chattanooga’s McCallie Walls Mural Project.