School:Cambridge School of Art
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.
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.
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.
Viola Wang, 2020. Rabbit Bright. London: Hodder, Hachette Publishing.
Interviewed by BBC East, 2018.