Miya Turnbull is a Canadian multi-disciplinary visual artist. Primarily a mask maker, she also works in many mediums such as painting, photography, screen printing, textiles, video, animation and projection. She is of settler, mixed Japanese-Canadian ancestry and grew up on a farm 45km NW of Edmonton, Alberta (Treaty 6 territory). She graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000. After living briefly in Montreal, she moved to Halifax (K'jipuktuk) 20 years ago, where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Miya (pronounced Mee-yah) has presented her masks, photo and video work across Canada and internationally. In 2019, she exhibited over 60 masks at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery in Toronto and in 2020, was part of the Photophobia Film Festival, presented by the Hamilton Art Gallery and Hamilton Arts Inc. Recently her masks were presented at the Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival in Bristol, UK by Nataliya Tchermalykh (University of Geneva) and her artwork was featured on the cover of Art Reveal, an online magazine based out of Germany. She gratefully acknowledges the support from Arts Nova Scotia which has allowed her artwork to flourish.