About Us

We are MIJA Folk ArtWe're a San Antonio based mother and her three daughters! ❤️  Mom makes paper maché, paints, and creates digital art. Her daughters are one fiber artist, one photographer and one digital artist. Together we're following our dreams by selling handmade art and original designs.

Elizabeth (Liz) Balderas is a self-taught painter and paper maché artist in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston and runs her own small commercial interior design business with her husband, Rene. She is the mother of three daughters and dreamt of becoming an artist ever since childhood.

She began practicing paper maché after her eldest daughter, Mia, made a paper maché owl in her high school art class. She creates paper maché figurines and paintings that highlight her cultural identity, motherhood, and icons such as Frida Kahlo.

Her art aims to bring joy and her whimsical, magical style is reflected in every painting, card, and figurine she designs.

Mia Balderas is a fiber artist in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from St. Edward’s Univery and began her career in local and state government. She began as a self-taught weaver and is obsessed with pom poms.

She has studied at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas and has traveled to Oaxaca to learn from master artisans in the area.

She creates weavings, wall hangings, and decorations that are colorful and fun. Her art aims to bring beauty and meaning to all spaces and she takes inspiration from her family, texture, color, and traditional Mexican clothing and embroidery.

Getting to create art with her mother and sisters has been the most wonderful adventure.

Nadia Balderas is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Ethnicity, Race and Migration and participated in the Education Studies Scholars program. She is incredibly passionate about educational equity for all students, but especially those from communities of color and low income communities. She hopes to eventually become a public school teacher in San Antonio where she can teach and work with predominantly Latinx students. 

She is a lifelong ballet folklórico dancer, an experienced and talented photographer and an avid baker of everything sweet from tres leches cake to polvorones. She is also teaching herself how to sew and make her own clothes.

Nadia is a proud native San Antonian who wants to spend the rest of life investing her time and energy back into caring for the same communities that raised her. 

Olivia (Liv) Balderas is the youngest of three daughters and is currently a senior at Texas Lutheran University. She plays on the women's basketball team and is majoring in Molecular Biology.

She has always loved to draw but has recently gotten into digital art and Procreate. She is inspired by her mother, Elizabeth, who has shown her how to express herself through art and by her family who has always encouraged her drawing.

She creates because it brings her joy and allows her to share her art with others. She has created Livy Divy Art in order to share her art prints, stickers, and custom digital portraits. Follow @livydivyart on Instagram!