Born in rural North Carolina, much of Mia Stone’s childhood was spent exploring the outdoors. She developed an affinity for nature as well as an intuitive understanding of the seasons and cycles of life. During her early adolescence, Mia’s parents moved the family to Charlotte, North Carolina and this transition to the city compelled Mia to search for diverse forms of creative expression in an attempt to reconnect with the natural environment of her youth. She avidly explored the world of music—playing guitar and singing—before realizing that her passion lay in the visual arts.
Mia focused on liberal and fine arts at Florida State University where, with the help of a mentor, she chose metal sculpting as one of her primary art forms. She also excelled in painting, displaying a remarkably colorful, spontaneous and totally unique style. Mia left the University to study in Prague, where she continued to improve her conceptual and technical approaches. Upon returning to the United States in 1993, Mia felt ready to embrace an artistic career. Her artwork began to represent an intriguing tension between organic earth tones and vibrant, geometric shapes. Her abstractions seemed like snapshots, conveying the story of modern experience through the primitive symbols of a universal language. Stone opted to approach art through marginal venues, playing her music and exhibiting her painting and metal sculpture in jazz clubs and underground warehouse parties, up and down the East Coast.