Freda Chiu is a Sydney-based freelance illustrator and educator at The University of Technology Sydney. She is fascinated by the quiet narratives embedded in the everyday lives of people and their surroundings, and stories of the macabre.
She currently works across a range of applications including book and editorial illustration, and branding.
When Freda isn't scribbling away to meet deadlines, she enjoys reading news and books of all sorts to find inspiration. She also derives great pleasure from watching horror movies, and has an extensive comic and children's picture book collection.
Freda is currently open for commissions and collaborations.
ABC, Google, Sony, University of Technology Sydney, Refraction Media, Penguin Books, Vice, Sydney Mardi Gras, The Lifted Brow, Right Now, The Snacks Quarterly, Underbelly Arts/Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Frankie's Pizza
AWARDS & PRIZES
2014 Australian Design Biennale Student Awards Finalist
2014 Applied Arts Magazine Student Awards Winner (Complete Illustration Category)
2013 Stupid Krap Red Book Art Prize Finalist (Hosted by Analogue/Digital and Blurb)
2012 Cake Wines Archibottle Competition Finalist
2010 Red Bull Doodle Art Competition Winner
2017 Illustration Tutor at the University of Technology Sydney
EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
2016 "Mr Kite's Open Mind", Goodspace Gallery, Chippendale
2015 "Tiny Terrors", Wedge Gallery, Books Kinokuniya, Sydney (Jul 3-25)
2017 "Memento Mori", In.cube8r Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2016 "HUMAN 3.0", Ambush Gallery, Central Park Sydney
2015 "Heroine" Group Show, Good Space, Sydney
2014 Alphabet Show- TWENTY SIX, The Tate, Sydney
2014 "Art Wank 2" Group Show, Curated by Cupco The Tate, Sydney
2014 Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Zine Fair
2013 UTS Visual Communications Graduate Show, Mclemoi Gallery
2013 Hysteria Magazine Issue Two Launch, The Black Penny
2012 Cake Wines Archibottle Prize, Finalist Exhibition, Cake Wines Pop Up Bar, Chippendale
2007 Art Express Exhibition, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2017 Lost at Eminor: LAEM Sessions-Live Drawing and Interview with Freda Chiu
2017 Lost at Eminor: LAEM Sessions- "Freda Chiu Explains her Creepy Cute Style"
2016 Snacks Quarterly
2016 Minicomics of the Month Club 2015-16: 5 Questions with Freda Chiu
2015 TINY TERRORS: Art Talk With Freda Chiu (Interview with Lynn Nguyen)
2015 Australian Infront: "TINY TERRORS"
2015 Collected Works Magazine, Featured Artist (published soon)
2015 Eight Magazine, "Featured Artist of the Week", June 3rd-10th
2015 Design is Kinky
2013 Lost at Eminor, "(Wonderfully) Disgusting Illustrations by Sydney Artist, Freda Chiu"
2013 Australian InFront, "Tasteless Tuesdays: Freda Chiu"
2013 The Loop, Featured Project in December 2013
BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS
2014 "MoVida Solera" by Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish (Internal Map Illustration and Typographic Headers for Penguin Books)
2014 Applied Arts Magazine November/December 2014 Awards Issue
2014 The Empty Annual 2014, Empty Magazine
2013 Hysteria Magazine Issue 2 (Perspectives)
2013 Stupid Krap Red Book (Hosted by Analogue/Digital and Blurb)
2014 Graduated with First Class Honours in B Design in Visual Communication and B Arts International Studies (Japanese Major), University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
2012 Sapporo University, Hokkaido