Viola Wang


Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Illustration, drawing and book art

Courses taught: Children's Book Illustration

Viola is a children’s picture book illustrator and author, and Lecturer in Illustration and Drawing.

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Born in China, Viola graduated from Tsinghua university with a major in oil painting. She moved to London in 2004, where she completed masters in animation and illustration, while working as a graphic designer. Viola is also a graduate of the Children's Book Illustration MA at Cambridge School of Art, and a winner of the Sebastian Walker Award.

Growing up in a family of printers, Viola developed a profound interest in printmaking, which has been a significant influence on her own practice. She is now working on her own authored/illustrated books with Hodder, Hachette Publishing. Her work focuses on diversity and inclusion, and aims to empower children through picture books.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Chinese

Research interests

  • Children’s fiction and non-fiction books
  • Printmaking in lithography and screenprint
  • Diversity and inclusion in children’s book
  • Book binding and artist books


Current modules:

  • Observation and experimentation


  • MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA Animation & Illustration, Kingston School of Art, Kingston University
  • MA Drawing as Process, Kingston School of Art, Kingston University
  • BA Fine Art, Tsinghua University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • AOI member
  • Adobe Certified Associate

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

In 2012, Viola represented Kingston University visiting China fine art institution the Central Fine Art academy in Beijing. Working alongside with colleagues from UK and China, they successfully ran a two-week printmaking programme for a group of 20 master stage students, which concluded with a successful printmaking exhibition 'OUTSIDER', at CAFA.

Selected recent publications

Viola Wang, 2020. Rabbit Bright. London: Hodder, Hachette Publishing.

Media experience

Interviewed by BBC East, 2018.