Milan Elise Finnie



Mobile: 619-862-0335



Social Media: @milanfinnieartist





University of California, Davis (UC Davis)

Undergraduate Design Program | 2018-2021


Pontifical Catholic University, Rio De Janeiro

Education Abroad Design Program | 2019-2020






Technical Skills

  • Adobe Illustrator (proficient in vector based methods of transforming nature inspired illustrations into digital formats)

  • Adobe Photoshop (extensive knowledge in the alteration of images through the use of tech-based skills)

  • Adobe InDesign (experienced in the use of grid systems to accomplish consistent arrangements within publications)

  • Zoom (experienced coordinating online zoom meetings, sharing presentations, and distributing recorded meetings)

  • Floor-plans (experienced in the production of digitally composed and hand drawn floor plans, accurately representing scale and shape)

  • SketchUp (experienced in creating architectural forms through three dimensional software SketchUp)

  • Prototypes (proficient in creating prototypes of products in early stages, assisting in the early realization of successes and flaws)

  • Wireframes (experienced in ideating the functions of applications and websites through physical and digital illustrations, considering user experience and user interface)


Teaching Experience


Professional Experience 



2013 - 2018


2013 - Present
















Collaborative Projects


























Visiting Artist Lectures / Artist Talks / Critiques




Exhibitions Juried





Print Media

Brian Goodin, “Pain and Healing Through The Eyes of an Artist,” SD Voice and Viewpoint, January 28, 2021. 9.

Edward Henderson, “Wood Burning Artist Ushers in New Generation of Black Art in SD,” SD Voice and Viewpoint, February 16, 2017.


Online Periodicals

“Check Out Milan Finnie’s Story,” SD Voyager, February 15, 2021 


Media Interviews

Susana Peredo, “ART SHOP TALK with Milan Finnie,” Vanguard Culture, San Diego, CA, USA March 29, 2021

LaMonica Peters, “Young artist creates anti-racism mural in Imperial Beach honoring George Floyd CBS8, San Diego, CA, USA, December 13, 2020


Publications as Author


Milan Finnie, “Chamber Member Highlight: MyCali Designs,” Woodland Chamber of Commerce: Chamber Insider, November 13, 2018. 1.


Hobbies & Interests


Music Mixing / DJing

Latin Dance

2020 - 2021

Teaching Assistant

Convivência Com O Biochip (Coexistence with Biochip)

Pontifical Catholic University, Rio De Janeiro

2017 – Present

Digital Consultant


San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art (SDAAMFA)

Managed museum exhibitions for display on company website. Engaged with public by responding to inquiries via website, email, and social media. Ensured the functioning of donation links and accounts. Supported event success by assisting guests in feeling welcomed and included.

Marketing and Outreach Assistant

Bayview Community Development Corporation (BCDC)

Served as a main line of communication between the primary office and 100+ property tenants. Developed tech-based solutions to facilitate daily functions. Designed internal documents for meetings and organized documents for future reference.

Independent Contractor Self Employed

Fulfilled commissions for commercial projects and individual projects, including art pieces, logos, font designs, and promotional merchandise (TBS). Managed quotes, invoices, tax filing, and contracts.

Mural da Capoeira, Vila Brandão, Salvador da Bahia, Bahia, BR

In With The New, Hayes Burger Restaurant, Barrio Logan, San Diego, California, USA

Lift Every Voice, Malcolm X Library, San Diego, CA

Blue Door Art Exhibition, Moxie Theater, San Diego, CA, USA

Luscious: A Big & Beautiful Art Show, Mesheeka Gallery, San Diego, CA

19 Shades of Black, San Diego, California, USA (film feature in collaboration with John Brooks)

My Mama Black, San Diego, California, USA (music video feature in collaboration with Real J Wallace)

Private Art Commission, Seeing through Steps, personalized shoes, pyrography on leather, Imperial Beach, CA, USA

Private Art Commission, Capoeira Mural, medium scale indoor mural (5 ft x 8 ft) acrylic on plaster, Vila Brandão, Salvador da Bahia, BA, Brazil

Private Art Commission, Ohm, pyrography artwork for private display, pyrography on plywood, San Diego, CA, USA

Private Art Commission, Feast Your Eyes, pyrographed kitchenware for private display and use, San Diego, CA, USA

Private Art Commissions, Matter by Milan, various private commissions for wood and bead based jewelry, San Diego, CA, USA

Public Art Commission, Who We Are Mural, 6-wall mural (10 ft x 50 ft), Acrylic on brick, StateFarm, Tracey Rivera Imperial Beach, Imperial Beach People’s Alliance, Imperial Beach, CA, USA

Promotional Art Comission, Wrecked Island Tour, Personalized pyrography on promotional merchandise (1,400 products), varying locations along the coast between Los Angeles and San Diego, Turner Broadcasting Station (TBS) in collaboration with Hadley Media, San Diego/Los Angeles, CA, USA

Sun and Sea Festival, Professional Sand Castle Building Competition, Imperial Beach, CA, USA

“Mural Design,” Guest Speaker: Milan Finnie, guest lecturer for youth art class, High Tech High Chula Vista, San Diego, CA, USA, February 4th.

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