Maija Peeples-Bright (b. 1942 in Riga, Latvia, lives and works in Rocklin, CA) is known for her vividly colored paintings, drawings and ceramics depicting beast-like creatures and various members of the animal kingdom. In 1965, she received her masters degree in art from UC Davis, and had her first solo exhibition at the renowned Candy Store Gallery in nearby Folsom, where her friends and colleagues Robert Arneson and Roy De Forest also exhibited. Widely associated with the Northern California Nut Art movement, her compositions exhibit horror vacui, filled to the brim with tessellations of beasts forming surreal landscapes and interiors in striking impasto. Recent solo exhibition include those held at Nicelle Beauchene, New York (2019) and Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2018). Her work is held in several permanent collections, including the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento; Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis; Minneapolis Institute of Art; and Cincinnati Art Museum.