Victo Ngai is a New York based, award-winning illustrator and storyboard artist from Hong Kong. “Victo” is not a boy nor a typo, but a nickname derived from Victoria. She produces layered illustrations that reveal elaborate worlds filled with unexpected details.
Her unique style features swirls of lines and colors that are alive with energy and movement. In much of her work, Ngai uses a signature palette of oranges, reds, greens, and browns to create the ornate forms that have a traditional feel.
“Growing up in Hong Kong, I was largely influenced by Asian arts and crafts such as Nianhua, Chinese ink scrolls, Lianhuanhua and Ukiyo-e. Attending Rhode Island School of Design in the States exposed me to works by Western art masters such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Antoni Gaudí, William Turner, Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and Al Hirschfeld. Now I am constantly being inspired by things I see and experience everyday.
The most inspiring person to me is my RISD portfolio professor Chris Buzelli. He said, “Style is overrated. It’s merely a habit of drawing. Everyone has a unique style because everyone has a unique life.” This made me realize being honest is the key to bring out the unique voice in one’s work.” – Victo Ngai
She has won a slew of awards including two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators. Ngai’s work appears regularly in the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times, Scientific American and many more. She also creates storyboards and art for animations with studios like NBC and Dreamworks; makes books for publishers such a Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Folio Society and Macmillan; and works on packaging and advertising campaigns with companies like American Express, Gallo Winery, the McDonald’s, IMAX, MTA Art & Design (New York subway), Lufthansa Airline and General Electric.