IllustrationZone is a boutique illustration agency representing a small group of illustrators from around the world, handpicked for their unique talent, originality and international experience. Learn more about them here.


Adam Niklewicz

Adam Niklewicz is one of my go-to artists for conceptual illustrations, especially when I need a topic stripped down to its essential elements.
For the article “Loving What Is,” I needed an image to convey the idea of accepting our lives as they are, rather than what we think they could or should be. Adam gave me some great sketches that all relate to that idea.
The final art had just the optimistic tone we were looking for.
Thanks Adam for providing us with another lovely image!

Stephanie Glaros , Art Director, Experience Life. 

Meet The Artists

Adam's Self Portrait

Adam Niklewicz

Adam Niklewicz’s concept-driven work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, The Society of Publication Designers, Communication Arts, Print, Idea Magazine (Tokyo, Japan).


He's done covers for Newsweek and Time.  Other clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, U.S.News & World Report, Corriere della Sera, and countless others. 


He lives in Connecticut, USA with his wife and a dog.

Dima's Self Portrait

Dima Kashtalyan

Dima Kashtalyan is an artist, illustrator and street artist from Minsk, Belarus.

He uses a detailed technique which he calls dot-work, pointillism or stippling. He started with classic graffiti art, to then develop into art for exhibits as well as commercial illustration.

The main rule he follows in his work is honesty driven by the awareness that he is responsible before the audience. Believing that creative work is an extremely important part of human life, he feels it should be treated with care and intelligence.

Dima's pictures are a reflection of his inner world, emotions, life and principles. Before creating new work, he carefully thinks through the idea, the message and the artistic means by which he will get his point across.

In his art Dima always brings up some issues relevant to modern society and to individuals. To this end, he often uses well-known objects and give them a non-standard form and a symbolic meaning.

Dima has taken part to numerous exhibitions and street art festivals and his clients include 

AFAR Media, Lavazza, 

Entertainment Weekly, Vista Jet

Reichl und Partner, The Vinum

We are Talents and various others.

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Maarten Peeters

Maarten Peeters, a Belgian freelance illustrator based in Mechelen, Antwerp.

After finishing his studies in graphic design, he specialized in illustration at Luca School of Arts (Ghent).


He became an editorial illustrator because it perfectly combines his two most beloved passions: creating conceptual images and his love for print, especially magazines and newspapers.


Besides that he enjoy making illustrations for books and different kinds of advertisement campaigns.


Matt Rota

A graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art and the School of Visual Art, Matt is an illustrator, author and instructor.


He has spent the past 15 years working with clients in print and online including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Penguin Books, The LA Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Smithsonian, Variety, Buzzfeed, and many others.


His illustrations focus primarily on global politics, criminal justice, social inequality, immigration and poverty.


Over the past ten years he has taught illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and The School of Visual Arts. Matt has written two books on drawing, has an extensive exhibition career internationally, and is senior curator at

Oleg's Self Portrait

Oleg Buyevsky

Oleg is an illustrator and artist from Russia, primarily engaged in magazine and editorial illustration work. His current clients include Esquire Russia, RBC Russia, Red Bull, Jacobin Magazine, ChillHop Music, and many others.


He successfully combines in his work the tendencies of modern illustration, the aesthetics of classical Soviet illustration, and expressive techniques of ancient Russian icons.


Such a mix enables Oleg to see each task from a new angle, giving his illustrations a reasonable amount of eccentricity and madness. He looks at the world carefully in order to notice beauty even in non-obvious places, this is the main idea behind ​his work.


Beppe Giacobbe

In the images of Beppe Giacobbe the search for a synthesis is evident 

in order to arrive at dry, ironic and powerful images, which are immediately usable. 

His is a studied and desired simplicity, with simple but unsettling ideas where 

his training at the School of Visual Arts in New York is evident.


To the digital bases he adds scratches, stratifications and soiling, 

as if the sheet were old and preserved without care, but these are touches that embellish the structural fabric of the image, removing that feeling of aseptic coldness that digital drawing could generate. 

For Beppe the illustration is an ancestor to the text, but in his works it is quite evident that it is precisely it that first captures the reader's curiosity. 

Any subject he faces, images linked to an article or to the cover of a book, 

he examines it without prejudice, without ever falling into the obvious didactic corollary. 

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Jay Vollmar

Inspired by rock posters, skateboard graphics, and printmaking, Jay Vollmar’s illustration work reflects the tactile and often imperfect qualities of hand produced silkscreen prints.


He strives to combine concept with simple, bold imagery to visually tell stories in a concise and thoughtful manner.


Jay’s work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Print Magazine, and 3x3 Illustration as well as several rock poster and printmaking books.

Mary's Self Portrait

Mary Haasdyk

Mary Haasdyk is a Calgary-based illustrator working in editorial, publishing and public art.


She brings a fresh perspective with her emotive and playful illustrations, and enjoys the challenge of finding unexpected visual solutions.


Her work has been recognized by Spectrum Fantastic Arts, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators West and Applied Arts. 

Michael's self portrait

Michael Meister

Michael studied graphic design in Bern in the early 80s. and initially worked as a freelance artist and Exposition Designer for Museums, Swiss advertising companies, newspapers, and magazines.

His work took him to Paris, Italy, and Germany, where he worked for companies such as Daimler-Chrysler, and eventually to New York, where he lived for a few years. He now lives with his family near Basel in Switzerland.

Michael has created illustrations for clients all over Europe, Hong Kong, and the USA.

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Miriam Martincic

Miriam Martincic is an award-winning illustrator based in Ames, Iowa with a focus on book and editorial work. 


Miriam's illustrations combine her experiences as an artist, stone carver, and graphic designer. She creates well-designed images with a sculptural quality, attention to detail, and a human touch.


Miriam loves to draw dogs, lettering, patterns, and to solve formal and conceptual problems. When she is not drawing, she dances tango.

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Wai's elegant illustrations have evolved from her formal studies in fashion, life drawing and design.


She loves working with flowing shapes and timeless colour palettes, as she tries to capture that elusive elegant moment.


Born in Hong Kong, Wai has lived in Melbourne since the age of three, and has worked with local and international clients for over 20 years.


Her most recent commission from Vogue Japan, can be found in our Styles & Themes Health Category.

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Darya Shnykina

Darya Shnykina is an artist and illustrator from Moscow, Russia. With her restrained and soothing color palette, she captures calm, introspective moments in her artwork.


Using a sketchy, wavering line, she’s able to humanize and personify emotions. Although created using digital techniques, Darya’s artwork retains the charm of traditional material and textures.

After entering the Moscow State University of Printing and studying Graphics and Illustration, Darya began her professional career. In 2017 she won the Book Illustration Competition run by the Folio Society and the House of Illustration (London, UK), in 2018 was shortlisted in the Communication Arts Annual (USA) and won the Merit Award in 3X3 Illustration Annual in 2019. Her work was selected by Creative Boom in 25 of the best illustration projects in 2020. 


Darya has been published in a number of books and publications, as well as exhibited in various galleries and fairs. She also had an opportunity to start her own illustration short course at Azbooka Morsa and is regularly invited to give workshops & lectures.

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Lorenzo Conti

Lorenzo is an Italian artist. He was born in 1988 in Tivoli and lives and works in Rome. After graduating at Officina B5 School of Illustration, he started working as a freelance illustrator for Italian and international clients in editorial, publishing, advertising

and music artist.

In 2020 and 2021 his works were selected for the Annual illustration award, one of the most authoritative and comprehensive Italian publications of the illustrated image in Italy and Europe, and in 2016 he received the popular prize at the Tapirulan illustration contest.

In 2015 he worked on background illustrations for an animated short film called "Black" produced by So What Pictures.

Some of Lorenzo's clients include

Mondadori, Edizioni EL Einaudi Ragazzi, Eli Publishing, Pelledoca Editore, Datum Magazine, So What Pictures, Shanghai EP Books, Enable Leisure and Culture, Boston University Today website, Il Foglio Sportivo.

Michael's Self Portrait

Michael Tonn

With over a decade of professional illustration experience Michael's work has been used for a variety of applications including editorial, comics, literature and advertisement.

Primarily drawing inspiration from contemporary animation and comics, his work is also informed by the golden age of illustration including such greats as Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen.

Michael lives in Burlington Vermont USA, on the sandy shores of the wonderful Lake Champlain. When not working he enjoys sailing, cooking, skateboarding and playing rock and roll with his friends.

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Virginia Mori

Virginia is an Illustrator and Animation director based in Milan and Pesaro. She studied animation and design at the State Art Institute in Urbino. During this time she nurtured and honed her distinctive artistic imagination.

Virgina's favourite media are pencil, ink, and ballpoint pen on paper.


In 2008 she won the “SRG Idee Suisse” prize at the “Annecy Call for Project” during the International Festival of Animation at Annecy, France. This enabled her to produce her first short film, “il gioco del silenzio” (“The Play of Silence”), which has won nominations and accolades at international events, launching her career as an illustrator and director of animated shorts.


Virginia' clients include galleries like Withstand (Milan), for whom she created the illustrations for the video “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967” by John Mayer, directed by Virgilio Villoresi and the animated book “Vento”, Blu Gallery (Bologna).

Other clients inckude Fendi (Rome), Valentino (Milan), Galleria Disastro (Milan) and 25Films (Paris), Club Sensible Gallery (Paris), Pelledoca editore, Penguin Random House (Spain), Edizioni EL, Vogue Arts, Gucci, Feltrinelli editore, Bollati e Boringhieri, Mini, Sammontana, Film Tv magazine, and various others.

Maria's Self Portrait

Maria Cardelli

Maria is an illustrator, artist and fashion designer from Rome. She lived in NYC for a few years and worked as a footwear and accessories designer, while also continuing to paint and take part to art exhibits around the world including the Biennale of Modern Art. She eventually transitioned into commercial illustration and moved back to Europe.


Maria now lives in the Netherlands where she continues to design, paint and illustrate. Her work has been recognised by 200 Best Illustrators published by Luerzer's Archive, Illustration Now, published by Taschen, International Contemporary Masters Vol. V by Worldwide Art Books and various fashion illustration publications.

Her illustration clients include The Times, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Boston Globe, Time Out NY, Telecom, Bio, Architectural Digest, The New York Times and various others.

As she is currently very busy repping this fantastic group of artists, she is not taking on any commissions.