I am an artist. I never went to school for art, but I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I started off drawing our family pets when I was 5 or 6 years old. I grew up in Russia watching a lot of American television; Star Wars, Batman, Looney Tunes. I became very interested in comics and comic book art.
When I was 15 I learned about the virtual British band The Gorillaz, and for the first time I had a dream; to go to London and work for the Zombie Flesh Eaters which was the creative studio behind The Gorillaz. It was because of this I started to sign my work as Lora Zombie.
I managed to find a client in England to do some illustration work for, and finally had the opportunity to visit London. I was only 16 years old, quite naive about the right and wrong ways of doing things. I looked up the address for the Zombie Flesh Eaters studio and rang the doorbell with my portfolio in hand, a lady opened the door, looked at me and unsure of what to make of me, promptly closed it in my face.
It was a huge disappointment for me at the time, but I learned an important lesson about the difference between what we hope, imagine and dream will happen and what often actually does. It taught me the importance of having a flexible mind that is ready for introspection and change.
I returned home to Russia and kept painting, starting to produce my own ideas instead of just practicing drawing Gorillaz characters. I first posted my work online around 2009 to some Banksy internet art forums. People started to respond to it, so I kept creating more and posting more. I started posting on social websites like Tumblr, DeviantArt and Facebook which gave me the opportunity to start to build an audience. I would paint, scan, and post new artwork almost every day, sometimes several in a day.
With my art becoming more popular online, a few comments and likes turned into hundreds which turned into thousands. Requests to buy prints and be shown in galleries started growing as well. In early 2010 I was contacted by Tom Rowlandson who was starting an art company called Eyes On Walls, we started working together to offer prints through their website and retail partners. From there, sales of my work started to grow along with the comments and followers of my work.
Encouraged by the initial selection of prints being well received, we kept building on it, offering more prints, art books, original paintings, hand finished series of prints, special screen prints. We produced solo art shows in Toronto (Canada), SoHo (New York), Brooklyn (New York), London (UK), and even produced a 5 city touring art show in 2017 that started in Vancouver, Canada and passed through Seattle (WA), Portland (OR), San Francisco, finishing in Los Angeles.
While it is important to me to keep some aspects of my work special and collectible, I was always well synced with Eyes On Walls to maintain my work as something that is available and accessible to anyone. I wanted everyone, even my youngest fans to be able to access my work and feel a part of it.
Over the last few years I've also been able to collaborate with brands and companies I grew up admiring including HBO, Warner Brothers, Lollapalooza, Blackmilk Clothing, Perrier, Urban Nation Berlin, WWE, Demi Lovato, JBL, The Hundreds, and Sony/AMC.
Over the years, since Tom and I started working together in 2010, we've built my work and our ideas into something bigger than just me as an artist. It has become a company and a brand, with a team of people working toward a common goal of inspiring others and making the world a bit more colorful.
In 2018, with the support and partnership of Eyes On Walls, Tom and I established Lora Zombie Studio as its own creative studio headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
We are so grateful for the support and enthusiasm we have had to get this far, and we're so excited to have you as a part of our story that continues to be written.
Thanks so much for your interest, enthusiasm, and support, we’re glad to have you as a part of our story.
- Lora Zombie 💙