MAJO was founded by Alex Aranda and Ligaya Tichy.

Alex and Ligaya are two design-obsessed mamas who love making art with their kids. They believe that lifelong creative habits start at home and early. The two met virtually for the first time in October 2021 and began discussing the role of art in early childhood. Independently faced with raising young children during the pandemic, they found themselves scrambling for engaging activities. Art projects were pivotal in providing an opportunity to connect with their kids — to create, collaborate, and be inspired. Realizing their shared passion for bringing the family together around art, MAJO was born. 

Alex Aranda is an artist, designer, and mother of two based in New York. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied furniture design. She has over ten years experience in the design industry—primarily working with globally recognized furniture and lighting brands. Having children brought a renewed interest in art but with a fresh perspective. She started developing art projects for kids through a subscription art kit called RainerShine. Ligaya was a customer and the rest is MAJO history.

Ligaya Tichy is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and mother residing in San Francisco. She is a graduate of Tufts University, where she studied Anthropology and Child Development. Her varied career spans from tech marketer to boa constrictor handler and birth doula. Ligaya has a deep commitment to early education. She is the founder of Wild Child, an art and nature based preschool in Oakland, CA, and serves on the board of the Bay Area Discovery Museum.