Farida Zaman is a Toronto based painter and illustrator known for her upbeat, lively, colourful, and whimsical style. Her work has made appearances in the Latin Grammy Awards, The New York Times, The Wallstreet Journal, and Time Out London, among many others. Farida displays a wide versatility of applications of her style: her art has been used in posters, book covers, children's book illustrations, corporate projects, food packaging as well as licensing her images on giftware products. clothing, packaging, and giftware.
Zaman's paintings are primarily in acrylics, often mixing in elements of collage in to her art. Her work has been exhibited at private shows and public galleries in New York City, New Jersey, and Toronto. Her limited edition prints were exhibited and sold at the American Craft Museum in New York City to wide acclaim.
Zaman's love of culture, travels throughout childhood, and recent trips to Morocco, Thailand, Turkey, Iran, and several European destinations influence the multicultural nature of her work. She is a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York, SCBWI (Society for Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators), and CAPIC (Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communication).
Farida is currently an instructor at Toronto’s Avenue Road Art School and runs art workshops and weekly classes for adults and children in fine art and illustration.. In the past, Farida has taught workshops at the Ontario Center for Art and Design (OCAD University).
Recently Farida has worked with Toronto Transit Commission revamping their posters and ride guide out in January 2016. In 2015 she was one of the 3 juror’s for the prestigious the children’s book category for the Governor General Awards.
Farida received her art education in England and went on to a foundation course at the Chelsea School of Art in London. Graduating at the top of her class with honours from the Wimbledon School of Art, Farida built an international career as a freelance illustrator in Geneva, London, New York, and Toronto.