May 28, 2022

The Fourthny

Art is beauty

Elaborate Narratives Emerge From the Surreal, Mysterious Worlds of Victo Ngai’s Illustrations

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“Hummingbird” (2019). All pictures © Victo Ngai, shared with authorization

Starting off with a one term or small prompt from an editor or brand name, Victo Ngai (previously) imagines fantastical dreamscapes brimming with surreal information. The Los Angeles-based, Hong Kong-born illustrator collaborates on commissioned jobs that, even though intended to be paired with an write-up or advertisement, turn into visual narratives in their possess suitable. She designs a tiger from coiled red ribbons, sites an enormous hound among the a nighttime cityscape veiled in shades of blue, and reinterprets the sun and its rays as a colorful, segmented circle hovering over the horizon. Every single piece envisions an elaborately manufactured environment laced with metaphor and secret.

Employing equally analog and electronic strategies, Ngai starts with an initial stylized composition. “Sometimes a bright spark can lead to nothing at all, and in some cases a good idea is not translatable visually. A notion can die any place by this ideation course of action, and I can only breathe uncomplicated when a sound preliminary sketch arrives,” she tells Colossal. Right after drawing a black-and-white define, she brings together various mediums and scanned textures into her last, layered operates.

At the moment, Ngai is performing on a couple of illustrated children’s publications, which you can observe on Behance and Instagram. She also sells prints and other merchandise in her store.


“Leap” (2013)

“Tiger” (2022)

“Late Night time Dining” (2012)

“The Day” (2012)

“Breast Labyrinth” (2012)

“Empress” (2020)



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