Biography
 
In the Summer of 2009 Reina Mia Brill’s work was featured on the Cover of Surface Design Magazine. It was the first magazine cover for the artist featuring her two figure installation “Surprise”. In 2008, her work was displayed on 8 colorful pages including the back cover of KNITTING ART: 150 Innovative works from 18 Contemporary Artists by Karen Searle. That same year she was featured for the first time in a Japanese publication. Mainichi Weekly, did an article on her work entitled: Creatures of Imagination by Yo Shina.

Born in New York City, Brill studied Accessory Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She relocated to the West Coast to study Art at San Diego State University where she received her MFA in 1997. During Brill’s three-year MFA program, she spent six months in Dundee, Scotland where she first started knitting with wire three-dimensionally.

Brill has received 2 major awards. In 2007 she was awarded a $2,500 BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts for career advancement. In 2001, she was awarded a $7,000 fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

In 2007 she debuted her two figure installation entitled “Surprise”, the largest of her career, at the 12th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland. Out of 150 International artists, only six Americans were selected to participate. Brill was the representative emerging artist of the group made up of mid and late career artists.

Brill’s work can be viewed at galleries and exhibitions nationwide. Currently her work is on view at The Eclectic Collector in Katonah, NY. In 2008, she exhibited in “Contemporary Repetition,” at the LBI Arts Foundation in NJ, as well as “Contemporary Crafts,” at the JRB Gallery in Oklahoma City. In 2007, Brill’s sculpture “Divalia” was shown at the prestigious Fiberart International. This exhibition, accompanied by a catalog, traveled for 2 years. In 2006 her work was exhibited in two major exhibitions with catalogs. “Needle Culture” in Flagstaff, AZ as well “Twist & Shout: The New Needle Arts,” which opened at Florida Craftsmen and traveled to museums across the country through 2008. In 2005, Brill’s “Two-Faced Queen” toured in “Chess,” an international exhibition of contemporary chess pieces. In 2004 her sculptures were in two fiber exhibitions: “Digital Origins” at Eyedrum Gallery in Atlanta, GA and “Stranded” a four person show in Highland, NY. Brill’s work has also been exhibited at the Snyderman/ Works Gallery in Philadelphia, PA; Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA; OXOXO Gallery in Baltimore, MD; Facere Art in Seattle, WA; Sienna Gallery in Lenox, MA and Sculpture to Wear in Santa Monica, CA. as well as SOFA Expo in both New York and Chicago.

Brill’s work continues to be published. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines including: FIBERARTS, SURFACE DESIGN JOURNAL, ART DOLL QUARTERLY, as well as THE BRONX TIMES REPORTER. Selected Books include: 500 Handmade Dolls, Artwear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion, 500 Brooches, Teapots: Makers & Collectors, Fiberarts Design Book 7, Art Jewelry Today, Textile Techniques in Metal, and Color on Metal.

Reina Mia Brill currently lives and works in a remote section of the Bronx called City Island where the nature-filled surroundings are inspiring a new generation of creatures.