My name is Zi Xu and I am a freelance illustrator, poster designer, and concept artist. I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2018 with a B.F.A. in Illustration and Art History.

My work combines my love for ink painting, science-fiction, and cinema. As of 2019, my art has been recognized by Spectrum, Society of Illustrators, and ImagineFX, and a few of my selected clients include Metallica, Psyop, Hero Complex Gallery, and Bottleneck Gallery.

Repped by Strange Brew Agency in the UK/EU (hello@strangebrewagency.com).


Spectrum 26 (2019)

She Creates Mentorship (2019)

PosterSpy’s Annual Portfolio Review: Top 10 (2019)

Creative Quarterly 55 - Runner-up (2019)

CMYK’s Top 100 New Creatives 58 (2019)

Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition (2018)

Adobe Design Awards Semifinalist (2018)

MICA Outstanding Senior Award for Illustration (2018)

MICA Dean’s List (2014 - 2018)

MICA Creative Vision Award (2014-2018)

MICA Competitive Scholarship Award (2014-2018)

YoungArts Merit in Visual Arts Award (2014)



ImagineFX #169

Antiquity Journal


Light Grey Art Lab Iceland Residency (2018)


She Creates Grant (2019)

San Juan Mountain Association Grant (2017)

Recent Exhibitions

Alternative Movie Posters’ 30x30:1988 (London, 2018)

BLOCK 8 (NYC, 2018)

MICA Art Walk (Baltimore, 2018)

Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Show (NYC, 2018)

Pleasure Bird (Baltimore, 2018)

Séance V (Baltimore, 2017)

Light Grey Art Lab - ToBeYou (Minneapolis, 2017)