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Victoria Fomina

Victoria Fomina - Leading storybook illustrator based in Russia

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.

Approach

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.

Styles

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.

Awards

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.
Acrylic Mozart for Grimm Press
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Black & White animals in house
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Acrylic Children art for Grimm Press
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drawing of nature
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Fantasy girl flying on horse
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Acrylic Animals Cats and the city
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Character design for children book
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Princesses and unicorns  pencil art
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Illustration for Brio Magazine by Victoria Fomina
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map children
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Editorial text on a children background
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Pinocchio
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Mixed medium children poster Cats and the city
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Fantasy illustration with balloons
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Acrylic bird mozart
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black & White girl hiding in room
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Watercolour children's book
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Portraits of Horse and Girl
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Editorial illustration of paper boats for Brio Magazine
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Fashion illustration of Butterfly girl
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Acrylic watercolour historic
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Editorial design of weekend drive with pets
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Swimming with pets watercolor painting
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Watercolor drawing of swimming on beach
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Graphic illustration space
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Princesses and Unicorns Childrens poster
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Acrylic watercolour historic
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Cats and the city Graphic design
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Princesses and Unicorns Childrens book Graphic design
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Aerial View mozart
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The Snow white JFEP Graphic design
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Nursery rhymes Acrylic art
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The snow white children book graphic design
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Mixed medium mozart for Grimm press
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Tchaikovsky childrens art for Ripol classic
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Acrylic watercolour historic
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Book cover illustration of kapycejib by Victoria Fomina
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Acrylic watercolour historic
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children book graphic design
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painting of music show
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watercolour design
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Princesses and Unicorns watercolor drawing
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Cinderella retro mixed medium art
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Nursery rhymes Acrylic art
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Princesses and unicorns Retro art
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Thumbellina book cover illustration
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Computer Generated  Your Journey to Freedom
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Pride, Prejudice and Peril
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Mural art of snow white
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Snow white mixed medium people JFEP
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Conceptual art of Bible For Children
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Watercolor painting for Bible For Children
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Character design for children book
Victoria Fomina
Historical art of prince
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Historical art of man traveling on boat
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Snow White cower
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Character design for children book
Victoria Fomina
The snow white children book graphic design
Victoria Fomina
Cinderella retro mixed medium art
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painting of music show
Victoria Fomina
Victoria approached the “reading” of a fairy tale in a very original way. The illustrations were very playful, one thing is obvious - she absolutely accurately portrayed the specificity of the fabulous Italian world. The images of heroes in the style of the 60-80s sends us back to the past when we were children and the world seemed huge and amazing
Gianni Rodari , Rosman Publisher
Victoria's pictures for this book are as important as the text. The illustrations look incredible, fabulous: this is a kaleidoscope of pictures from dreams, where the impossible is possible, where any childhood fantasies come true. Evil card queens, brave riders on horseback, and of course a pensive composer with a grey beard writing notes on paper — sitting by the window through which the moon was looking — they all seemed to come to life from the touch of an illustrator’s brush…
Publisher, Ripol Classic publisher
It was a wonderful experience working with Victoria Fomina. Everything from the sketches to the final art was delivered in a very timely manner. Victoria understood the brief well, came up with strong compositions during the concepting stage, and made revisions very quickly. Her style was also perfect for this project! The talent and skill of the artist and communication being so efficient made working on this project enjoyable. Overall, how easily the whole process went exceeded my expectations and I would definitely return to this agency and artist for future projects!
Farjana Yasmin, Penguin Random House
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