Hi! I’m Varvara Nedilska, a Ukrainian Canadian multidisciplinary artist living and working in Toronto. 

My practice focuses mainly around narrative illustration, although recently I’ve been branching out into printmaking and sculpture. I always work in analogue media (most often inks and watercolours) and some of my biggest inspirations are medieval and surrealist art, the Flemish Renaissance, folk/“outsider” art and the natural world.

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or business inquiries!
I can be reached at varvaranedilska@gmail.com.

You can also keep up with my work on my Instagram.




Education & Training


2015-2020
OCAD University – Bachelor's of Design with Distinction in Illustration  
Toronto, Ontario

2011-2015
Etobicoke School of the Arts – Visual Art
Toronto, Ontario




Awards & Scholarships


2021
Artist Residency, Artscape Gibraltar Point


2020
Best of Student and Student Purchase Awards, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair


2019
$3000 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award, Society of Illustrators.
Winning piece shown at Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Exhibit, New York City

2 Honourable Mentions, 3x3 Magazine

2017
Applied Arts Magazine Student Award winner. Winning work published in Applied Arts Magazine Student Annual

$1000 Nancy Cheadle Scholarship Award, Society of Illustrators. Winning piece shown at Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Exhibit, NYC

Distinguished Merit Award and 2 Honourable Mentions, 3x3 Magazine. Winning work published in the 3x3 Illustration Annual

2016
George A. Reid Scholarship, OCAD U


2015
OCAD U Entrance Scholarship (four-year scholarship)

Showed work in Coexistence: Humans and Nature, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Art Portfolio Silver Medal, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

2014
Gold Medal, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Winning piece shown in Art.Write.Now. National Exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design, New York City



All images © Varvara Nedilska, 2021