Kristan Lai is an illustrator and visual storyteller currently based in Pennsylvania. As a result from growing up in the Poconos, her work focuses on reimagining environments, memories, and dreamscapes to connect rural and urban landscapes. On a different stylistic end, she also enjoys creating oil portrait paintings in-between illustrations. 





Bachelor of Design, Illustration / OCAD University

Group Exhibitions

2022 - Under 40, Pocono Arts Council Gallery, Stroudsburg, PA (People's Choice Award)

2020 - ROOTS, Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto, ON

2019 - GradEx 104, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2019 - Homework, Artscape Youngplace, Hallway Gallery, Toronto


2021  -  Book Illustration, “Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now”  Introduction & Afterword comic pages - AD Jeff Yang 

2021  -  Editorial, “Anxious about Going Back to Normal?” You’re Not Alone” The Walrus - AD Natalie Vineburg

2020 -  Advertising, “Nest” Original artwork for the 24th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2020 Campaign - AD Christine Vu 

2020 -  Editorial,  “Untelling the Story of Race” The Walrus - AD Natalie Vineburg

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