Katherina Vang under the pseudonym of "Maivab" (pronounced My-ah, means baby in Hmong), is a Fine Arts and Portrait Artist based from the Twin Cities (Mpls, St. Paul, MN) who graduated from Century College with an A.A.S. in Visual Communications Technologies with a Focus in Professional Photography.

She began her artistry through nature photography and expanded her work by creating self portraits and now creates Fashion and Beauty Portraitures. In the past year she’s had the opportunity to work with productions such as NICE, Hmong Organization, & The Stranger as the behind the scenes photographer.

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.  




  • F-Stop Magazine Online Group Exhibition, Issue #90 - Land, Sea, Air

  • Hmoob Hmong Duo Sister Exhibit, Winona State University

  • Qhia Dab Neeg Exhibit, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, St. Paul


  • Hmong Chinese, Honorable Mention, Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit

  • Hmoob Hmong Duo Sister Exhibit Presented by In Progress, St. Paul

  • Solo Exhibition presented by M&MXEL Project Planning Group, 514 Studios, Minneapolis


  • Visual Communications Technologies Portfolio Show, Century College.


  • Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival Photo Exhibit, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul.

  • Self Portraits, Little Mekong, St. Paul

  • Love Time & Diaspora, Nexus Photography, Mother Series, In Progress, St. Paul.


  • the Creative Risings, See.Me, NYC.

  • Story of the Creatives, See.Me, NYC.


  • CHAT 10th Annual Arts & Music Festival, St. Paul.


  • Scholastics Arts, Received Gold & Silver for artworks, MCAD, Minneapolis.

  • Best 100, St. Paul.

  • SooFuze, St. Paul.

  • Portfolio Award, Woodbury High School Portfolio Show, Woodbury.





  • Pretty Rock Girl Collection, Featuring Self Portrait.

  • 15 Under 15 Feature #36 by Ashley Holloway on Deviant Art, Featuring Model Joylin Baranick

  • FAERIE Magazine Feature, Featuring Model Joylin Baranick.

  • SELFIE-TURE Feature by Dan Heffer on Deviant Art, Featuring Self Portrait.

  • 15 Under 15 Feature #29 by Ashley Holloway on Deviant Art, Featuring Model Gao Xiong.


2018 | “Rhaub”, by Melissa Vang, Hair & Make Up

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