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Vladimir Zimakov, M.A.

Office: Yamawaki 215

Tel: 617-243-2027


Pronouns: He/Him


  • M.A. Communication Design, 2005, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London, England;
  • B.F.A. Illustration. 2000, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Vladimir Zimakov is a Boston-based illustrator, book artist and designer specializing in techniques such as linocut, silkscreen and letterpress among other traditional and digital media. He is an associate professor of art and design and the director of the Wedeman Art Gallery at Lasell University.

Vladimir has worked with world’s leading publishing houses such as Penguin, Random House, Faber and Faber, the Folio Society, Rizolli, Oxford University Press, Centipede Press, and Vita Nova, as well as illustrated books and book covers for the works of Gustav Meyrink, Nikolai Gogol, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Alexandre Dumas, Herman Melville, A.T.A. Hoffman, Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, and John Fowles, among others. Most recently he completed a series of linocut illustrations for Ray Bradbury’s novel Something Wicked This Way Comes. Besides book illustrations, Vladimir also creates limited edition artist books using letterpress and linocut techniques.

His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Russia.

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How does your professional background influence your time in the classroom with students?

"As practicing design professional, I consistently share my own experience with the students. After completing a freelance project, I present my work to the students and talk about the specific challenges and approaches. Besides the creative process, I frequently talk about the practical information like how to approach and work with art directors, network with design professionals and manage their art projects. Since the trends in design change constantly I make sure to stay on top of the latest developments by attending major AIGA design events, conferences, fairs and talks, frequently traveling to other cities to attend them. After each event I make sure to convey new discoveries to my students if they were not able to attend the event themselves."