Zhenyi Zheng

I am an independent illustrator, visual designer and self-publisher from China now based in the UK. I use drawing, making and photography to tell stories. My work explores internalised and externalised experiences of ordinary days. I capture 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

2023 To Whom It May Concern, Safehouse 1, London, UK
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


2023 Review of Banana Trap On Broken Frontier, UK2023 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 Story Book, Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, China.
2022 《狼外婆》<GRANDMA WOLF> Children’s Story Book, Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, China.

Selected Fairs/Markets

2023 DIY Art Market, London,UK

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 London Illustrator’s Fair, UK
2022 Glasgow Zine Festival, Glasgow, UK
2022 South London Comic Zine Festival, UK
2021 London Illustrator’s Fair, UK

Zhenyi Zheng

I am a Chinese UK-based Illustrator,
visual designer and self-publisher.

︎About me 

Email: zhenyizheng1228@gmail.com

Home Phrases
Urban Mundane in Netherlands
Canal Dreamer
Home Wander
Cost of Living-visual minutes
Summer Ilusion
In the Forest

Children’s Books
Where is the Kitchen God找找灶王爷

Wolf Grandma 狼外婆

Banana Trap
Summer Maze

Visual Design
Canal Dreamer
Through the Window

Banana Trap
Mundane Days Along the River
Conversation with a Stone