Amanda Wirig is a painter, mixed media artist, and musician residing in Mankato, Minnesota. She double-majored in music and art at Minnesota State University, Mankato, graduating summa cum laude in 2003. In 2015 she received her Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. When she is not making art, she teaches art and music in Mankato.
Wirig's work has been exhibited in galleries in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and Chicago, Illinois. She is currently represented in Chicago by the David Leonardis Gallery.
The inspiration for my work comes from a variety of sources, art-based and otherwise. In terms of visual art, I am most influenced by the Pop Art of Warhol and Lichtenstein, the hard edge painting style of Frank Stella, and the text-based collage work of Barbara Kruger. My canvases meld acrylic paint, rub-on lettering and collage elements with retro imagery and a slightly snarky sense of humor. Because vintage advertising, pop culture and humor also play a large part in the art I create, it is just as accurate to say that my work is influenced by Nick Hornby's writings, The Kids in the Hall, rock 'n' roll, mid-century modern design and MAD Magazine as it is by the aforementioned artists.