Katherina Vang (a.k.a. Kat), under the pseudonym of "Maivab" (pronounced My-ah, means baby in Hmong), is a Fine Arts Portraiture Artist based from the Twin Cities (Mpls, St. Paul, MN). She graduated from Century College with an A.A.S. in Visual Communications Technologies with a Focus in Professional Photography.
Her visual arts journey started in middle school where she immersed herself into the graphic arts and eventually moved towards photography where she fell in love with the ability to capture light in various ways. In the way she fell in love with the arts, she also began her Self Portrait series as a way to heal from depression, anxiety and to learn self care. During this journey, she has been blessed to have her work shown and published in the United States as well as published nationwide.
She currently works at In Progress (a non profit organization that immerses itself into breaking down barriers of geography, class, education, and culture) & the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival (International Film Festival that focuses on advancing filmmaking and preserving storytelling in the Hmong community) as a Teaching Artist and Exhibit Curator. On the side, she does Freelance Photography, Retouching and Graphic Design.
2018 | Hmoob Hmong Duo Sister Exhibit, Winona State University
2017 | Qhia Dab Neeg Exhibit, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, St. Paul
2017 | Hmong Chinese, Honorable Mention, Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit
2017 | Hmoob Hmong Duo Sister Exhibit Presented by In Progress, St. Paul
2017 | Solo Exhibition presented by M&MXEL Project Planning Group, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
2016 | Visual Communications Technologies Portfolio Show, Century College.
2014 | Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival Photo Exhibit, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul.
2014 | Self Portraits, Little Mekong, St. Paul
2014 | Love Time & Diaspora, Nexus Photography, Mother Series, In Progress, St. Paul.
2013 | the Creative Risings, See.Me, NYC.
2013 | Story of the Creatives, See.Me, NYC.
2011 | CHAT 10th Annual Arts & Music Festival, St. Paul.
2010 | Scholastics Arts, Received Gold & Silver for artworks, MCAD, Minneapolis.
2010 | Best 100, St. Paul.
2010 | SooFuze, St. Paul.
2010 | Portfolio Award, Woodbury High School Portfolio Show, Woodbury.
2018 | Wotisart? #12 March, Featuring Model Julianna Thao, MUA Mangda Yang
2018 | A5 Magazine #12 March, Featuring Self Portrait Illustration
2018 | PROVOCATOR No. 3, Featuring Model Ian Marquez
2018 | The Volk Magazine Spring Vol. 8, Featuring Creative Directors: Meghanlee Phillips & Michaela Rae, Models Madeline Flemming & Hannah Peltier, Jewelry from Style by Cia, & MUA & Hair: Mark Navarro.
2017 | Feroce Magazine Nov Vol 2, Featuring Creative Director Linda Her Vang of LV Photography,
Model Keng Xiong of House of Xiong Fashion, MUA & Hair: Moriahjustin, Videographer Yeej Moua, & Assistants: Lee Vue & Melissa Vang.
2017 | Surreal Beauty Magazine Issue #503, Featuring model Jessica McInnes Lee
2017 | Imirage Magazine Issue #82, Cover & Spread Featuring model Nouquoja Yang
2017 | FAE Magazine Issue 39 Summer 2017, Featuring model Joylin Baranick and Assistant Victoria Vang
2017 | Voting Together: Intergenerational Politics and Civic Engagement among Hmong Americans (Asian America) 1st Edition by Carolyn Wong, Cover Photo, Hmong Fabric from Hmong ABC.
2017 | Mora Modeling Magazine Issue 56, Spotlight Designer Lylena Hmong Couture, Designer Lylena Yang, Project Manager Kao Yee, Creative Director Melissa Vang, Merchandise Specialist Gao Chee Thao, Hair by Vanessa Un, Make Up by Susan Thao-Johnson, Models Katalina Thao, Ariana Her, Meeshell Vang, Kelly Yang, Lumina Xiong, and Alicia Vang.
2016 | Mora Modeling Magazine Issue 55, Featuring Models Joylin Baranick, Mihoko Xiong, and Kaozong Thao, Assistants Sheng Yang, Victoria Vang, and Ericka Vang
2016 | Genfacio Magazine November 2016 Issue, Fashion of the Miao, Wardrobe provided by Shoua V. Xiong of Hmong ABC, Stylist Yer Vang, Model Mihoko Xiong.
2018 | Panelist at CHUSA Hmong Panel at Concordia University
2018 | Qhia Dab Neeg exhibit: Storytelling by 13 Hmong Artists, by Jim Walsh on Minnpost featuring model Mihoko Xiong
2017 | 15 Under 15 Feature #89 by Ashley Holloway on Deviant Art, Featuring Model Paia Xiong
2017 | Today Favourites by AvaDeRosa on Deviant Art, Featuring Model Mai Vue
2017 | Spring Exhibit, Online Feature by Whitespace Magazine, Featuring Model Sue Mei Vang
2017 | 15 Under 15 Feature #64 by Ashley Holloway on Deviant Art, Featuring Model Kaozong Thao
2016 | Pretty Rock Girl Collection, Featuring Self Portrait.
2016 | 15 Under 15 Feature #36 by Ashley Holloway on Deviant Art, Featuring Model Joylin Baranick
2016 | FAERIE Magazine Feature, Featuring Model Joylin Baranick.
2016 | SELFIE-TURE Feature by Dan Heffer on Deviant Art, Featuring Self Portrait.
2016 | 15 Under 15 Feature #29 by Ashley Holloway on Deviant Art, Featuring Model Gao Xiong.
Graphic Design Work
2017 | "Wicked" by Eemanna Rivers, Music Video
2017 | "Colors" by Eemanna Rivers, Music Video
2017 | Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival Poster and PR
2016 | Hmongism, Collaboration between Sheng Yang, Victoria Vang, and Katherina Vang.
2016 | Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival Poster and PR
2016 | Kau Kee Banner
2016 | Me Nyuam Yaus Cov Nkauj Cover and Promotional Banner
2018 | Hmong Organization, May Lee Yang and Peter Yang, Set Photographer
2017 | NICE, Naomie Ko, Set Photographer
2017 | The Oath, Dan Yang, PA for Art Department
2016 | The Stranger, Bryan Vue, Set Photographer