Victor Gad

Victor was born in a small mining town in Poland. As a child, he grew up in a house close to a railway track, so he would study every detail and function of the steam engines as they rolled by. By the age of six, he had drawn 600 of them.

While still in elementary school, he won a nationally televised contest organized by a well-known illustrator and TV personality; yet in Victor’s small town, nobody believed it was him, even when they heard his and his town’s name on the program. That profound experience reshaped his plans for the future. He decided not to be a railway man maintaining the local tracks.

Years later, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with an MFA in graphic design. Before emigrating to Canada in 1984, he was active as a painter, graphic designer, illustrator, and cartoonist. He also invented and designed complicated board games.

After moving to Toronto, Victor and his wife established a studio of illustration and graphic design. He has illustrated several books for children and his editorial work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and other publications in Canada, the USA, and Europe. His quirky sense of humor and love for anything outrageous or surreal is evident in everything he does.

Recognition for his work came from the International Youth Library in Germany, where Mischief City, a book written by Tim Wynne-Jones and illustrated and designed by Victor, was listed in their White Ravens Collection. Later, it also inspired a television series for children.

Victor loves to explore the nooks and crannies of old Toronto neighborhoods, including all lost rivers. Passionate about music, he is constantly looking for the most natural sound from his two speakers.

Annick Press books
illustrated by Victor Gad