Miriam Elia MA RCA (b.1982 London) is a Visual Artist and Sony nominated Comedian. Her diverse work includes illustrated books, art-shows, prints, drawings, short films, radio comedy and animations.
Born in 1982 to a family of crack head midgets, and raised under the floorboards of famed Soho Bordello ‘The Neon Vagina,’ Miriam Elia’s first words, aged two years one month were: “Video Installation.” Her agent immediately recommended she become a Conceptual Artist.
Within three years, she had won the Tumble-tots Turner Prize for her seminal piece ‘Bits of Crayon in Mouth’ (1985).
On her journey to adulthood, Miriam re-invented the concept of the childhood birthday party, with songs and games such as ‘Pin the Tail on the Abstract Donkey,’ ‘Pass the Mould of the Inside of the Parcel’ and ‘When You’re Happy and You Know It, Ask Yourself Why?’
Her career has since followed a downward trajectory. In 1995, she lost her midget father in the Aztec zone of Channel 4’s ‘The Crystal Maze.’ A year later she was thrown out of the Royal College of Art for her poster ‘Hitler Couldn’t Get Into Art school, but you Can.’
Miriam soon found herself back in The Neon Vagina disinfecting the used mattresses, on weekends performing tired tired stand-up comedy at Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.
Miriam spends most of her time in her art studio in the Flying angel building, a former Seaman’s mission on the Victoria Docks, Custom House.