Minnesota Based Artist


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Katherina Vang (Kat) under the pseudonym of "Maivab" (pronounced My-ah, means baby in Hmong), is a Wedding Photographer, Portrait Artist, Photo Restoration Artist and Retoucher based from the Twin Cities (Mpls, St. Paul, MN). She has been photographing since the 2000's dabbling in Film Photography until Digital Photography took over. She is also a mom to three incredible kids and two energetic dogs. She graduated from Century College with an A.A.S. in Visual Communications Technologies with a Focus in Professional Photography and a B.S. in Information Systems. In her free time, she likes to explore with her little family.

Katherina has had her work published and exhibited all over the world. She also spent some time curating art and working on film productions. You can find more information below on her exhibition and published works.

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  • GEN / H Exhibition, Hmong American New Year, 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.




  • Meet KaChia Lee | BOLD Journey, featuring photo taken by Maivab Photography of Kachia Lee's Designs





  • 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