I recently discovered the work of Victo Ngai and was really impressed. Born in Hong Kong and working in New York, Victo’s illustrations have an amazing energy to them and her work seems to put a modern spin on a traditional style. The results are fantastic!
Of all the work she has featured in her portfolio, it’s her personal illustrations that I love the most. These images explore her early childhood memories and feature a strange collection of remembered moments from her youth. The top image, Bowlcut, is particularly lovely, and I’m sure that many of you also share similar memories of getting your hair cut as a child. Dig a little deeper through the work and you’ll also find images inspired by a A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Empire Strikes Back and a strange but beautiful image of a depressed man with the head of a Rhino sitting alone in a busy city square.
Victo’s style is so distinct and so beautiful. Over the last few years her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker and Wired. Prints from this series (and others) are available from her online shop here. Go check it out!