Naïve, folksy, but with a classical edge, Victoria Fomina’s paintings make viewers want to jump down the rabbit hole with her into a charmingly surreal world of detail and colour, crafted in the artist’s unique style. Vastly experienced, she has illustrated over 40 books for leading publishers, from classic fairy tales and novels to biographies of the great composers.
Clients love the dedicated and imaginative way Victoria interprets each brief. No detail is too small as she explores new visual metaphors, adding value to the projects she works on. Having studied at the Moscow State Academy of Architecture, Victoria is inspired by great artists like da Vinci, Vermeer and Klimt. She loves painting en plien air in the cherry orchard near her home in Zvenigorod, just outside Moscow.
When Victoria receives a brief she dives into the story and surrounds herself with relevant illustrations, postcards, photos, shells, flowers and more to set the perfect tone. She works with watercolour, gouache and acrylic – fluid media that allow for great spontaneity.
Combining the avant-garde with the traditional, Victoria varies her style depending on the content of the book she’s working on. For a classic or historical narrative she may lean towards a gothic or rococo look, or she might use Pop Art or collage techniques to generate something more contemporary.
1997 – Russian State Committee of Printing - Winner
1998 – The Golden Ostap – First prize
1999 – Golden Pen of Belgrade – First prize
2003 – Golden Apple, Bratislava – First prize
2017 – Global Illustration Awards, Frankfurt – Gold
2019 – Nami Concours, South Korea – Purple Island Award
2019 – BookILL Fest, Serbia – Special award 2020 - Nomination for The Hans Christian Andersen Award
2021 - International Competition Image of the Book, Russia - Winner
2021 - American Illustration 40 - Winner
Client list Victoria works for clients around the world including Gallimard Jeunesse, Penguin Random House, Kingfisher, Rizzoli, Grimm Press, Samsung, JFEP, Pan Press, Vogue and Woongjin.