T: +1 (647) 407-5843   E: kira@kirashaimanova.com

Kira Shaimanova is a sculpture artist and illustrator living in Toronto, Canada, focusing on editorial, advertising and stop-motion projects.

Kira’s sculptures have appeared in The Sheepdogs music video Feeling Good, winning the 2014 Juno Award for Video of the Year. Her GE Profile advertisements won the Gold ADCC award in correlation with BBDO. In 2014 a series of print ads created for 103.9 Proud FM radio station & Saatchi & Saatchi won Gold at the Marketing Awards for Press magazine single.

Her unique process involves sculpting characters from clay, sewing outfits, building backdrops and sets with various mixed media materials and photographing them for print illustration.

CLIENTS

  • Sid Lee
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • MAD Magazine
  • BBDO
  • Bruce Mau
  • Open. A Creative Company
  • Westside Studio / The Sheepdogs
  • Las Vegas Weekly
  • Phoenix New Times
  • Time Out Chicago
  • Houston Press
  • Miami New Times

EDUCATION

  • 2006 – 2010 Ontario College of Art & Design ( OCAD University) – Bachelor of Design Illustration

AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS

  • 2015 – 3 x 3 Professional Show No.12 – Honorable Mention
  • 2014 – GOLD ADCC Award – Proud FM Newspaper Ad Campaign – Saatchi & Saatchi Toronto
  • 2014 – GOLD ADCC Award – Proud FM Newspaper Ad Single – Saatchi & Saatchi Toronto
  • 2014 – 3 x 3 Professional Show No.11 – Merit
  • 2014 – GOLD Marketing Award [ Magazine Single ] – Saatchi & Saatchi: “Clouds”
  • 2014 – Bronze Marketing Award [ Magazine Single ] – Saatchi & Saatchi: “Knight”
  • 2014 – JUNO AWARD The Sheepdogs stop-motion dolls – “Video of the Year”
  • 2014 – Applied Arts Advertising & Interactive
  • 2014 – Applied Arts Photography & Illustration
  • 2013 – Bronze Marketing Award [ Magazine Single ] – BBDO Toronto: “Cow Mermaid”
  • 2012 – GOLD ADCC Award – “Mermaid Cow/Pig Realty” / BBDO Toronto
  • 2012 – Applied Arts Creative Excellence (AACE)
  • 2012 – Applied Arts Advertising & Interactive
  • 2011 – CMYK 49
  • 2011 – Applied Arts Photography & Illustration
  • 2010 – Creative Quarterly 18
  • 2010 – Applied Arts Photography & Illustration

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013 – Oz Studios, Posers: Contemporary Portraits
  • 2012 – Steam Whistle Gallery, Menagerie
  • 2012 – Goodfellas Gallery, By the Pound: Re-weighed
  • 2011 – Gallery 1313, The Sex Show
  • 2011 – Oz Studios, SWEAT
  • 2010 – 95th Annual Graduation Exhibit, Enter OCAD
  • 2010 – Function 13 Gallery, She Creeps
  • 2010 – Narwhal Projects, The Unicorn: A Gathering of Magic
  • 2009 – Art Doll Gallery (ADG), Distillery District
  • 2009 – Jet Fuel Cafe, Man and Beast Show

PRESS & INTERVIEWS

TALKS

  • Parsons the New School for Design, NYC
  • Cardinal Carter Academy of the Arts, CCAA