Mic Boekelmann was born in Quezon City, Philippines and raised in Germany, Israel and the U.S. Her drawings and paintings express what makes people who they are. Now a member of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, Mic focuses on the Pilipino American Pamilya and her roots, which got lost due to relocation and cultural assimilation. She incorporates the Manila envelope, which was originally made from Manila Hemp or Abacá, into her drawings. This was inspired by her mother’s memories of growing up in Bicol region where she saw workers process Abacá fibers, “which was a sight to behold.”
Mic’s work has been shown at the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, Phillips Mill, Trenton City Museum, Sardenhaus Munich and is part of the permanent Campus Collection at Princeton University. She is based in Princeton, NJ.