Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York,
The artist and illustrator, who grew up on a small island called Sakhalin in the very far east of Russia, is probably best known for her work for
Toma’s art features a “wonderfully disorganised subject matter and chaotic composition of a static but evolving subject”, as she describes it. She often uses panels, boxes and sequences, like century-old Muybridge photographs but with a modern twist. There’s also an influence of 1980s and ’90s toys, such as LEGO, Jenga, and music synthesisers.
If you can see a hint of Japanese woodblock art, that’s down to Toma’s fascination with anything Japanese: she grew up with a love for Japanese comics. “I’ve been drawing as long as I remember myself,” she says. “I’ve always known that I want to be an artist. This helped me overcome my insecurities and leave Russia to study illustration in New York City. I feel grateful for what I have, and also I worked very hard to be where I am today.”
Recent projects include Masks Through History, an illustration for The New York Times, working alongside Art Director Mia Meredith. And a cover for Premier Guitar magazine to mark a special pedal issue. Discover more of Toma’s work at