Mira Reiss lives and works in Montreal, Canada. Born in Poland, initially studied architecture (she received an architecture degree from the Technical University of Warsaw) followed by studies in painting at Concordia University in Montreal. She constructs narratives from dreams, memories and the happenstance hilarity of every day. Slavic art (icons and illustrations) and literature (notably Bulhakov) both inform her rollicking paintings which often seem set in some proto-European town. Her coloration is deep and rich, almost theatrical and achieved through lush oil glazing. Her paintings, full of incredible and fantastic coincidences catch our attention. Her works present like some fortuitous encounters between human with contradictory intentions. This decapitation humor makes us laugh and think at the same time.