Born Tanja Jade Thompson in Maryborough, Australia in 1982. Her formative years were spent taunting crocodiles, avoiding giant falling mangos and committing the characters that inhabited her daydreams and nightmares to paper. By the age of seven she was cleaning up the competition at the annual Bracken Ridge Primary School paint off and could draw a Wildebeest in five seconds flat.
Tanja decided that education was important and enrolled in Auckland Metropolitan College, a school where the emphasis was directed towards arts & where her natural talent was cultivated further. Here her love of art was nurtured and she was gifted the name Misery by fellow artist Askew. Soon her distinctive characters were gracing the streets of Auckland and gallery walls around the country.
Renowned worldwide for her graffiti street art and fashion label, Misery has gone on to mainstream success. Including representation with New Zealands premiere art auction house Webbs and exhibiting internationally. Miserys recognition has attracted endless media attention, including a half hour award winning documentary produced by Sticky Pictures. Some recent Misery collaborations include: Serato, Piaggio and TOMS.