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Iris Deng was born and raised by Caribbean waters surrounding the beautiful island of Jamaica. She now resides in Toronto, Canada with her sketchbook and an insatiable curiosity for human behaviour. Her illustrations and various forms of artwork reflect her deep investigations into the often overlooked corners of everyday life. Using humor, creativity and wisdom to portray the intricacies of human irrationality (aka bullshit and f*ckups), Iris’s work seeks to resonate with as many humans beings as possible – capturing the feelings we've all experienced at some point in our lives and translating those sentiments into powerful and engaging visuals that go on to tell stories of their own. ​

Iris received her HBSc in Psychology and Economics from the University of Toronto in 2020 and has held various creative, marketing and leadership roles in numerous campus groups and organizations during her time at university. 

Iris has worked with the University of Toronto, UTSU, Rotman School of Management, Woodsworth College Orientation, The Strand, Demo Magazine &

The Varsity Publications just to name a few. Iris has also served as a volunteer project leader at the Art Heart Community Center, a music instructor at the Ryerson Community School and most recently a project advisor for the Canadian Undergraduates in Behavioural Science.


In 2020, Iris was a finalist in the John H. McDonald Awards for Excellence in Student Journalism for two categories: Cover/Layout of the Year and Graphic/Illustration of the Year. Her paintings and drawings have been featured in exhibitions across the globe, from Victoria, BC to Guangzhou, China.

Iris illustrated her first children's book in collaboration with Regent Park Community Food Centre in 2019 titled “Bloom's Community Garden”. Currently, she is working on becoming a better designer by engaging in several ongoing creative projects, and is always open to opportunities where she can put her artistic skills to good use! 

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You might've seen me in...

Demo Magazine, 2017-2020

SPINE Magazine, 2020

Blooms's Community Garden, 2019

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Coffeehouse Exhibition, 2017

Victoria, BC




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