Gizem Vural

About Me

Gizem Vural is an award-winning illustrator based in New York. She was born in Istanbul, Turkey and she studied graphic design at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts between 2006-2012. After dropping out in 2012 she moved to New York to pursue becoming an illustrator. Since then she worked with many big publications like The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Atlantic. Her colorful work is recognized by prestigious American Illustration and she is holding three medals from Society of Illustrators. In 2018 she took a break from drawing for editorial pieces and focused on creating abstract work on paper with colored pencils for galleries. But now she is back working with publishers again.

Represented by Milk Talents

Recognition & Awards

American Illustration 40, Society of Illustrators 63, American  Illustration 39, Society of Illustrators 62 Silver Medal in Uncommissioned Category, 3x3 Illustration Annual No.16, American Illustration 38, Society of Illustrators 60 Silver Medal in Uncommissioned Category, American Illustration 36, Society of Illustrators 59 Gold Medal in Editorial Category, 3x3 Illustration Annual No.13, Society of Illustrators 58, American Illustration 34


The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Audubon, Apple, Star Tribune, The Guardian, Télérama, Socialter, The New York Times Magazine, Nautilus, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets, SEEK Magazine, Nature Magazine, Family Circle, MIT Technology Review, New Republic, Spectrum News, The Boston Globe, Planadviser, Plansponsor


It's Nice That, AIGA, BOOOOOOOM, Communication Arts, IdN, Adobe Create Magazine, Nobrow


2021-2022, October 21 - January 1, "FLOURISH" group exhibition, Society of Illustrators, New York

2021, May 8-31, "GIZEM VURAL & BIJOU KARMAN 2-PERSON SOLO", Nucleus Portland Gallery, Portland

2020, June 12 - July 3, "Salut! 5 Coaster Show", Nucleus Portland Gallery, Portland

2019, December 17-22, First Solo Show, “Talking Lines”, Lazy Susan Gallery, NY.

2019, November 8 - December 4, "Salut! 4 Coaster Show", Nucleus Portland Gallery, Portland

2017-2018, October 25- January 9, Participated in a group show, “Facing Humanity: A Show of Portraits” curated by Scott Bakal at Northeastern University Gallery 360, Boston.

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