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Justin Miller

I am currently a Chicago area resident, and spent my childhood in the western suburbs. After high school I went downstate to the University of Illinois to study architecture. After several degrees and 6 years I returned to Chicago. I grew restless and moved out west to Portland, Oregon. Over the next 8 years my wife and I moved to California then Idaho, before coming back to Chicago in 2007.

I spent several years in the architecture field, before moving to the emerging world of digital graphics, websites, and e-commerce. I started painting as a way to stimulate my creative energy that I could not find in my professional career. I was attracted to surrealist painting because I felt it closely aligned with my own creative goals. Besides painting, I spend time on photography, walking around Chicago, and going on road trips out west to inspiring destinations, usually desolate and extreme, and always visually exciting.


I am a painter who likes to create surreal interpretations of natural landscapes, wildlife, and architecture. My goal is to bring pleasure and mystery to the viewer.  In my work, I'm attempting to challenge the viewer's perception of an ordinary scene into something unexpected.  The subjects in the paintings are recognizable for what they are, but are reconstructed or are engaged in unexpected activity that differs from the viewer's expectation. I portray my scenes as snapshots into another world that tends to be more colorful and surreal than the viewer's own world.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  M.B.A. Master of Business Administration, 1998

  M.A. Master of Architecture, 1998

  B.S., Bachelor of Science, 1995

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