Julie Miville is a visual artist since 1995. After studying visual arts at the École des Beaux Arts of Ste-Foy College in Québec city, she has been organising and participating in numerous exhibitions and artistic events. At the turn of the century, Julie creates "Les Affreux", a family of characters. Julie also illustrates children's books, including a book series inspired by "Les Affreux" characters. She has also been giving drawing and painting workshops in elementary and high school across the province of Québec thereby sharing her passion for the visual arts with children and teenagers. Her work has been bought by art lovers across the world.
The characters of the "Smile" collection embody empathy and represent openness to otherness, to difference and the not-yet-known. In the paintings, familiar references, notably facial and bodily expressions, are weaved into an equivocal emotional whole that questions the viewer's identity and the possibility of identification. The colors and contrasting luminosity opens the viewer to a playful world where strangeness and difference aren't threatening or alienating but sources of joy and fulfilment.