Farida Zaman has a passion for art and design. During her 20 + years as a freelance illustrator she has worked in countries across the world bringing style, color, and joy to many.

Trained in fine art and illustration and now a seasoned freelance professional, Farida displays a wide versatility of applications in her style. Her art has been used in posters, book covers, children's book illustrations, clothing, packaging, and gift ware. The look is unmistakable: lively, colorful, whimsical, executed with flair and drama - designs that always enhance and enliven.

Farida is well traveled and these experiences influence her work: she is cosmopolitan, appreciates global cultures and multiculturalism, and has a world view. This translates into a passion which makes her art enriching and inspiring, the perfect artist to reach out to the world at large.

Farida went to boarding school in England and went on to a foundation course at the Chelsea School of Art in London. She graduated with honors and at the top of her class from the Wimbledon School of 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 to wide acclaim and sold at the American Craft Museum in New York City. She is a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York, SCBWI (US-based Society for Children's Book writers and Illustrators), and CAPIC (Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communication). Farida is married and lives in Toronto with her family.


  • Bloomingdale's
  • BMG Music Service
  • Decca International
  • Geneva
  • Grey Advertising
  • International YMCA
  • Latin Grammy Awards
  • Loblaw
  • London Underground
  • Mary Kay
  • Nissan
  • OPI
  • The Body Shop
  • The Globe and Mail
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • United Nations

Q & A

Other than working as an illustrator, what is your favorite job?
Being a mom.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?

What is your favorite typeface?

Who is your favorite illustrator?
Jane Ray.

What is your favorite time period?