Zhenyi Zheng is an illustrator, visual designer and self-publisher from China now based in the UK. She uses drawing, making and photography to tell stories. Her work explores internalised and externalised experiences of ordinary days. She captures life details from unspoken objects, spaces and movements that are often ignored or unnoticed.


MA Visual Communication(Illustration), Royal College of Art, London, UK
MA Fashion and Lifestyle Brand Studies - University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
BA Digital Media Art - Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, Beijing, China


2023 Creative Quaterly, Runners-up in Illustration Catagory.
2022 World Illustration Awards, shortlisted in Alternative Publishing Category.
2022 Communication Arts-Illustration Annual Award, shortlisted in Student Work Category.
2021 Hiii Illustration Awards, shortlisted in Uncommitioned Catagory
2021 Young Blood Awards, shortlisted in Illustration Catagory
2021 Young Battle Graduates Awards, Top 100
2020 iJUNGLE Illustration Awards, Merit Award of Self-Promotion Category

Group Exhibitions

2024 UNSPEAKABLE, Brut Magazine, New House Art Space, Guildford, UK
2023 To Whom It May Concern, Safehouse 1, London, UK
2023 REMIX Internatinal Illustration Festival, Beijing, China
2023 The 5th International Illustration Festival-Ilustrofest, Belgrade, Serbia
2023 Liveness Unnoticed, Canal Dream Art Festival, London, UK
2023 Reflections Online Virtual Group Exhibition, Royal Blue Gallery, UK
2023 Small and Mighty Online Group Exhibition, Ladies Drawing Club, France
2023 International Women’s Day Group Exhibition, Print House Gallery, London, UK
2023 Unconsumed, The Shoe Factory, Norwich, UK
2023 Inspirational Women Artists, A Space Art, Southampton, UK
2021 Terminal, Ugly Duck, London, UK
2021 RCA2021 Online Exhibition, UK
2021 RCA Collection “Intimate Loops” Curated by Olivia Ahmed, UK
2021 RCA WiP 2021 Online Exhibition, UK
2020 No One Writes to Colonel Collaboration Publication Launch, Tenderbooks, London, UK
2020 Reader Online Exhibition, UK

2015 University of Central Lancashire, MA Degree Show, UK
2014 Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, BA Degree Show, China


2024 Six Small Press Creators to Watch in 2024, Broken Frontier, UK
2024 Illustrator Spotlight, Booooooom, Canada
2023 Review of Banana Trap on Broken Frontier, UK
2023 Discarded Ideas, Issue 7, VAINE Magazine, UK
2023 Divide Magazine, Issue 5, UK
2023 Ambit Magazine, Magik Issue 249, UK
2022 World Illustration Awards 2022 Judges’ Highlights from the New Talent Shortlist

2023 Publishing vs Self-Publishing, Panel discussion programme, Organized by Avery Hill Publishing, South London Comic Zine Festival, UK


2022 《找找灶王爷》<WHERE IS THE KITCHEN GOD> Children’s Book, Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, China.
2022 《狼外婆》<GRANDMA WOLF> Children’s Book, Yangliuqing Fine Arts Press, China.

Selected Clients

Wandsworth London Borough Council(UK), Rimowa(China), The Palace Museum(Beijing, China), A Little Living Room Magazine(UK), Tianjin People’s Fine Art Publishing House(China)

Selected Fairs/Markets

2023 DIY Art Market, London,UK

2022&2023 South London Comic Zine Festival, UK
2022&2023 Pagemaster Zine Fair, South London Gallery, UK
2022 F.A.T Studio Art Market, UK
2022 Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival, Yorkshire, UK  
2022 ArtHole Illustration Market, Cardiff, UK
2022 Glasgow Zine Festival, Glasgow, UK
2021&2022 London Illustrator’s Fair, UK

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