Artist Aida Miró was born and raised in Ibiza, where she began painting graffiti in the 1990s and trained at the School of Arts and Crafts, before studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Valencia. “I have lived in a lot of places and have always been studying as well as painting,” explains Miró, who has also lived and studied in Barcelona, Madrid, England and Mexico.
“I really like to travel, but to get to know the people rather than the places. It’s people’s stories and human experiences that inspire me,” she says. Above all, she seeks to “defend the importance of women in society” through her art.
It was while spending a year in India that she made the decision to fulfill her teenage dream of “living in New York and painting trains in the Bronx.” She saw that dream come true and has now been living in the New York neighbourhood for eight years. “I turned up there without knowing anyone. I came for three months with a tourist visa and I looked for a way to stay, first as a student and then through a gallery with an artist visa,” she says.
In 2019, together with Ibizan artists Jerom and Twoflü, she painted a mural depicting three females to pay tribute to women and diversity in the neighbourhood. But it seemed like a small gesture given the “great diversity” of the area, and she proposed the idea of painting more murals featuring women. Although she was given a grant from Bronx City Council, the project was cut short by the pandemic. Instead she turned the idea into 12 oil portraits accompanied by video interviews.
In March of this year she was finally able to exhibit the works in the Bronx, where she also teaches painting to seniors. “I have such a good time with them,” she says.
Aida Miró specializes in creating street art inspired by people’s stories and experiences. Above all, she seeks to use her work to defend the role of women in society.
Miró stands out through her murals and urban art, honouring her beginnings in graffiti, where she began because of “the fun and adrenaline it creates”.
“Urban art reaches more people, and does so in unexpected ways,” she says. “It’s on the street, it’s for everyone and it allows you to intervene and transform spaces.” This is also the case in Ibiza, where, among other works, you can see her murals of peasants that pay tribute to traditional Ibizan women.