Zhenyi Zheng is an illustrator, comic creator and visual designer from China now based in the UK. In 2021 she obtained her MA Visual Communication(Illustration) at Royal College of Art.

Drawing from memory, observation and imagination, Zhenyi tells stories that explore the internal and external experiences of ordinary days. She loves to capture life details from unspoken objects, spaces and movements that are often ignored or unnoticed. Her drawings exist in a place between reality and fiction, conveying a dreamy quality mixed with an objective tone and sober perspective. ⁠






Educations

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



Awards

2023 Chelttenham Illustration Awards, Winners in The Emerging and Established category
2023 Creative Quaterly, Runners-up in Illustration Catagory.
2022 World Illustration Awards, shortlisted in Alternative Publishing Category.
2022 Communication Arts-Illustration Annual Award, shortlisted.
2021 Hiii Illustration Awards, shortlisted.
2021 Young Blood Awards, shortlisted in Illustration Catagory.
2021 Young Battle Graduates Awards, Top 100
2020 iJUNGLE Illustration Awards, Merit Award.



Group Exhibitions

2024 Cheltenham Illustration Awards Interconnectivity, The Wilson Museum, UK
2024 Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2023: Interconnectivity, The Museum in the Park, UK
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 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






Features/Press/Review


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





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





Publication

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

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











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