Victo Ngai

"Victo Ngai was born in the Guangdong Province in China, before moving to Hong Kong with her parents as a child. She then attended the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 2010 with a BFA majoring in Illustration. After graduation she began her career as an artist and illustrator in New York City.

Ngai’s first published illustration was for the Plansponsor Magazine, which was published during her third year of university. Ngai’s artwork has also appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, The New Yorker, the Village Voice, Wired Magazine, and The Boston Globe. She has also done cover work for Variety and Computerworld. She has also had work commissioned from McDonald’s and Tiger Beer’s Chinese New Year promotions, in addition to ad campaigns for the New York subway system, Lufthansa airlines, and General Electric. In addition to ad campaigns and magazine work, Ngai has also produced work for book covers and interiors. Robert Newman has written of her commissions that, “Victo works with a restrained and limited color palette, which makes her illustrations all the more ..."

"Forbes 30 Under (Art and Style) honoree and Society of Illustrators NY Gold Medalist Victo Ngai is a NY based illustrator from Hong Kong, graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. "Victo" is not a boy nor a typo, but a nickname derived from Victoria - a leftover from the British colonization.

Victo creates art for newspaper and magazines such as the New York Times and the New Yorker; makes books for publishers such as the Folio Society, Abrams and Tor Forge; and works on advertisement campaigns with companies like the McDonald's, IMAX, MTA Art for Transit (New York subway), Lufthansa Airline and General Electric.

Apart from drawing, Victo's biggest passions are traveling and eating. She's hoping that one day she will save up enough to travel around the world and sample all kinds of cuisine."
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