Ilana van Zyl was born and raised in beautiful, sunny South Africa. After studying Graphic Design and Photography her focus shifted to drawing and painting. Through a wonderful turn of events, she was fortunate enough to complete her bachelor degree in fine arts with distinction at OCADU in Canada. She currently resides in Toronto.


2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting. OCADU, Toronto, Ontario

2004 Diploma in Professional Graphic Design and Photography

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Youth in Revolt Skateboard Factory Fundraiser, Gladstone Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2014 Terrains Group Exhibition at Steam Whistle Brewery, Toronto, Ontario

2014 Sunnybrook Benefit – Pop Up Exhibition with by project Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2014 Silver Lining – Fringe Visual Festival, Toronto, Ontario

2014 Landscaped – Soho Lobby Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2014 Arbitration Place – Group Installation, Toronto, Ontario

2014 Roncy Rocks – Outdoor Art and Music Festival, Roncesvalles Toronto, Ontario

2014 Optic Elixer, Project Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2014 Solo Show at Manic Coffee, Toronto, Ontario

2014 Not Your Mother’s Basement, Online Gallery

2014 Solo – Ilana Van Zyl in conjunction with “Canadian Winter”, Project Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2013 Young Collector’s Exhibition (invitational), Project Gallery,Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2013 Nutcracker Holiday Exhibition, Moniker Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2013 Historia II, Manic Coffee, Toronto, Ontario

2013 Queen West Art Crawl, Trinity Bellwood Park, Toronto, Ontario

2013 Art Walk North, Mel Lastman Square, Toronto, Ontario

2013 Canadiana Art Exhibit, Project Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2013 The Landscape of Design and Colour, Communication Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2013 Riverdale Art Walk, Jimmie Simpson Park, Toronto, Ontario

2012 Historia – A Once Upon A Time Exhibition, Manic Coffee, Toronto, Ontario

2012 Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mississauga, Ontario

2012 NO END, Six20Seven, Toronto, Ontario

2012 97th Annual OCADU Graduate Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario

2012 Leap Year – Woman King Collective, The Department, Toronto, Ontario

2011 Confined Freedom, The Cabinet, Toronto, Ontario

2010 Retrospective Show, OCADU, Toronto, Ontario


2012 Eric Freifeld Award

2011 Project 31 Drawing and Painting Award

2010 Eric Freifeld Award

2010 Carol & Morton Rapp Foundation Scholarship