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. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge (Alberta) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000 and currently lives in Halifax (Nova Scotia).
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. So far, in 2021, her masks were presented at the Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival in Bristol, UK by Nataliya Tchermalykh (University of Geneva) and she has an exhibit at Gallery 101 in Ottawa. Her artwork was recently featured on the cover of Art Reveal Magazine. She gratefully acknowledges the support from Arts Nova Scotia which has allowed her artwork to flourish.