Hi! My name is Qing Zhuang ("ching juong"). I am an artist living in New York City.
I was born in a coastal province in China, where my mom lovingly nicknamed me “Strange Sea Creature” as a child. I moved to NYC when I was 7 years old.
I currently specialize in watercolor illustration but experiment artistically whenever I can. I like to sprinkle heart and humor in everything I do.
Fun fact: When I was in 6th grade, I won the citywide children’s version of the Ezra Jack Keats Award and got mentioned in the New York Times! Yet they made fun of my name in the article so naturally, I resolved to become a professional illustrator of picture books with my Q without a U Chinese name. I am so grateful to be able to work towards this childhood promise every day!
I earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore and a Master of Art in Teaching from School of Visual Arts, New York. My work has been recognized by Society of Illustrators NY and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators NJ.