“To all the young students watching, and listening, I want to emphasise that feeding one’s imagination is an ongoing task – a journey of curiousity and discovery can never stop. There is no arrival. It is a process, and perhaps the most significant player in it, is time.
Critical thinking, creativity and collaboration are the three tenants on which I have built my entire understanding of being an artist.”
-Shahzia Sikander, 10/16 Gail Silver Memorial Lecture, RISD
Meet Victo Ngai, one of the hottest illustrators of today. She was born in Hong Kong, educated at Rhode Island School of Design and now works as a freelance illustrator in New York City. Victo is actually her nickname for Victoria. She was never a student of mine, but I can recall so clearly her Senior Exhibition at RISD, and the clear promise of her work -an extraordinary feast of detail. For her, more is more.
Victo’s at the top of her game now; an industrious and influential artist who has won a shelf of prestigious awards. Recently, she was chosen as one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” designers defining the future of their fields of endeavor. She’s such a good role model; sincere and self-disciplined – balancing concept and personal art. She’s making her mark on the world, and making her point to the world, too.