Known and loved worldwide as MIKA, Lebanese-born English music artist and songwriter, Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr. has created a visual presence and brand unlike any other. Coming from a close-knit family of five siblings, MIKA’s brothers, sister, and parents have influenced much of his artistic process and music itself – especially in his art style.

To get a feel for the colorful, child-like vibe of MIKA’s art style, the rest of this post will act as a photo essay.


Album Artwork

MIKA does a great job at creating a vibrant world, most often through cartoon animations, to represent his life as well as the story his songs take listeners through. This is evident from his hand-collaged album artwork which he designs and shoots with his sister.

MIKA & Peugeot

Further, MIKA’s colorful vision is brought into the real world through his with with the car company, Peugeot. He has worked with Peugeot for several years now, showing off the brand in whimsical commercials which feature his music.

Peugeot 108 x Mika | Colorful Technology II on YouTube

Colorful Costuming

Last but not least, MIKA wears his brand – because it’s authentically him. MIKA is famous for his bright suits and designer shoe combinations as seen in the video above and images below. His music videos are theatrical productions of his album’s vision in a way that brings his imagination to life. In a way, it really is ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’ – the title of his first full-length album.