vanessa montano (she/her) is a michigan-based illustrator who focuses on quirky and fun work that consists of bold lines and color. her favorite things to draw are food, portraits, and animals doing human things (or a combination of all three). she has her bfa in illustration from the college for creative studies in detroit.
vanessa has worked for clients such as harper collins, william morrow, the los angeles times, the ann arbor district library, henry ford health system, and michigan united x aiga detroit.
when not working on pieces, she enjoys petting her dog daisy, tackling a new bread recipe, watching hilariously bad movies, gardening, and collecting all of the power moons in mario odyssey.
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honors & exhibitions
digital art exhibition | black box gallery | 2023
reproductive rights fundraiser show | most known unknown | 2022
curators pick | artrepreneur | 2022
the best thing i’ve ever eaten | illustrators for hire | 2021
aiga post | aiga detroit x aiga toledo | 2020
the best thing i’ve ever drawn | illustrators for hire | 2020
member | illustrators for hire | 2020
director’s pick | anton art center | 2020
fall fantasy | black box gallery | 2019
members exhibition | whitdel arts | 2019
icon10 group show | red bull house of art | 2018
drinks x design | design core detroit | 2018
emerging artist award | the guild of artists and artisans | 2018
the bitters 2 | whitdel arts | 2018
detroit design festival | eastern market after dark | 2017