Lauren Iida was born in Seattle and holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts (2014). She shares her time between Seattle and Cambodia where she leads art tours, writes and illustrates bilingual books for children and works in her cut paper studio, the ‘mobile atelier.’
Much of Iida's work is influenced by Cambodia where she has lived for many years working on various non-profit and social entrepreneurship projects beginning in 2008. Other major influences include her family's Japanese American heritage, their incarceration during WWII, and her Pacific Northwest home.
Iida has exhibited her work at ArtXchange Gallery, King Street Station, the Mayor’s Gallery at Seattle City Hall, Shoreline City Hall, Virago Gallery, Tacoma Spaceworks and Sculpture Northwest. She is an Artist Trust GAP Grant recipient and received the prestigious Art Matters fellowship in 2017. Her work has been collected by the City of Seattle and King County and she has been commissioned to create large scale public art by the cities of Shoreline, Seattle and Federal Way.