Miso, also known as Stanislava Pinchuk, was born in 1988 in Kharkov, Ukraine. She studied at the University of Melbourne, where she majored in both Art History and Philosophy, and received a BA in 2011. Miso started her artistic career as a street artist at a young age making stencils, later shifting her attention to mediums such as paper and making installations.
Her first steps in the street art scene in Melbourne she took by herself at first. “I was 14, and I was wondering around the city a lot, seeing new things in the street every week. I guess that it was a pretty exciting time. Then I met a few other young, punk kids into it, and we started working together, exploring abandoned factories, painting and things like that.” Miso also does illustrations, tattoos, works with photography, textile & graphic design. Her works are often ephemeral, and play with ideas of place & memory. She likes implementing a sort of bartering economics in her artistic practice. When she does one of her trademark tattoos for her friends, in return she receives from them goods or some sort of a favor, instead of money. As she says, she charges: “What someone feels its worth. Maybe they teach me a skill in return, cook me dinner, give me a book I would love, assistant work, whiskey. You never know, but everyone feels good about it, which I like. But more and more, I feel like it’s becoming a bigger part of my practice.” She implements this kind of practice because she considers her tattoos: “too important and intimate for me to take money for, at this stage.” She worked street art with a very clear influence from Gustav Klimt, and Secession style in general. To her list of influences she adds Russian Constructivist art, and Ukrainian folk art. For her creative process that starts with swimming, she says: “Most of my projects, when I start to plan them, are all located under water. It’s pretty ridiculous. But at the same time, you’re always thinking, planning, adjusting ideas, wherever you are. Airports and planes are good for that too.” She also adds: “You just start thinking of ideas first, and the medium comes later. Sometimes the medium is a big part of the idea, like with tattoos, or street pieces. But sometimes, something can start as a drawing and end up as a paper sculpture, or an installation, or something weird.” Miso also does collaborations with other artists like Warren Harrison.
Miso’s work has been exhibited and acquired by The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, The National Portrait Gallery, and held in private collections internationally. She has also had a numerous public commissions, and published a book titled Street/Studio. Miso currently lives in Melbourne and Tokyo.