Meet Maia Faddoul and her empowering illustrations

Through bright and colourful imagery, Maia uses art to portray important messages in a way that brings joy


Who

is Maia Faddoul?


Maia Faddoul is a first-generation Canadian, working as an illustrator and designer in Montreal. She loves creating empowering, bright, and colourful imagery, often portraying important messages about difficult topics and social issues through her work.



Why

did Maia first get into illustration?


Maia: “Like most illustrators, I'd always been a creative kid. My abuelo was a commercial illustrator in Argentina and I was fascinated by that career. After high school I studied illustration in Montreal, then went on to get my Bachelor's in Design.”


“One of the most important things for me to showcase through my work is representation of diversity as well as joy.”

How

does Maia use her work to portray important messages?


Maia: “One of the most important things for me to showcase through my work is representation of diversity as well as joy. I like to use my art to illustrate difficult topics and social issues I'm passionate about in ways that can still be fun, colourful, and joyous.”



What

artists have inspired Maia’s creative practice?


Maia: “I always love fellow illustrator Iliana Galvez's (@GrowMija) bold illustrations featuring latinas, I'm also obsessed with Meg Lewis's (@yourbuddymeg) silly and hilarious approach to design and visual creation. Lastly I really enjoy the gritty and painterly illustrations of Thai illustrator Ping Hatta (@pinghatta).”


“I like to use my art to illustrate difficult topics and social issues I'm passionate about in ways that can still be fun, colourful, and joyous.”

Where

can you find more of Maia?


Follow Maia over on Instagram, check out her website, and browse her work on her Etsy shop.