Hello, I’m Yana Knight,

a multidisciplinary artist, researcher and teacher living and working in Brussels, Belgium. My work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Spontaneous Art in Brussels, Russian Cultural Center of Belgium and has been featured in the Dutch Design Week.

I am an associate member of the NYC Society of Illustrators, a member of the Association of Illustrators and the National Cartoonists Society.


My work is inspired by the ordinary and extraordinary experience of living a life in its richness, often with a playful, humorous and absurd streak. It emphasises experimentation, exploration of human experiences, invention, observation and storytelling. More broadly, it is concerned with the inner workings of the mind, mental images we form and themes such as sensory and psychological perception, attention, learning, creativity and artistic transformation.

My artistic toolbox is shaped by the three corners of a triangle – visual arts, language and (playful) technology. I work across mediums switching between paints, pencils, words, camera, software and code, as well as slightly less traditional options, such as crushed autumn leaves, chocolate sweets wrappers, broken piano notes, toilet paper rolls and pet robots.


My artworks include paintings, installations, collages, photos, sculptures3D jewellery stories, written stories, comics and graphic novels, such as my surreal semi-autobiographical graphic novel titled “My story” and its semi-sequel “My country”.

I teach (a very playful approach to) art to children and adults in Belgium and worldwide in workshops, face-to-face private lessons, in a classroom, online, and even during city walks


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