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Gizem Vural

About Me

Gizem Vural is an award-winning illustrator from Istanbul, living and working in New York. She studied graphic design at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts between 2006-2012. After dropping out she moved to New York to pursue becoming an illustrator. Since then she worked with many big publications and companies like The New Yorker, The New York Times, Apple and Bloomberg... 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 working in editorial and focused on creating abstract drawings on paper for galleries. And she had her first solo show in NY with Lazy Susan Gallery. In 2020 she decided to come back working with publishers again to explore more abstract visual storytelling.

Represented by Grand Matter

Recognition & Awards

ADC 102nd Annual Awards, Merit for Comic Collection Book, GMK 41st Graphic Design Exhibition Achievement Award for Book Design, ADC 101st Annual Two Bronze Cubes, Communication Arts 63 2022 Award of Excellence, Society of Illustrators 62 Silver Medal in Uncommissioned Category, Society of Illustrators 60 Silver Medal in Uncommissioned Category, Society of Illustrators 59 Gold Medal in Editorial Category


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


2023, November 3-26, "P.S 8: Annual Show", Nucleus Portland Gallery, Portland

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.


3x3 Magazine, It's Nice That, AIGA, BOOOOOOOM, Communication Arts, Observer, IdN, Adobe Create Magazine, Nobrow, IKSV


D&AD 2022 Illustration Category 

Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition

Young Upstart Competition (YUC 2022)

Society of Illustration 66 Annual Exhibition, Book Category