Ana–Marija Kralj was born on the 21st od November 1993 in Graz. She started her professional art career in the fashion industry and during her studies at the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb at the age of 19 she founded the brand Kralj & Krajina. In 2013, she received the Dreft Next Generation award for the best young fashion designer and since then has been exhibiting regularly at Zagreb Design Week. In 2015, she graduated from college and received the title of Textile and Fashion Design Engineer.  Since 2016, she has been designing luxury furniture for Ferrum and in the same year founded her own brand Merien King. As Merien King she creates metal art and product design in her hometown Sveti Martin na Muri. Her specialty is the material in which she works — metal. Working with such material requires endurance and patience and knowledge about the material itself. There is also a need for curiosity and adventure, because the final appearance of the artwork is unpredictable.