Madison van Rijn is only 25 years old, but already a household name in Toronto, Canada. She paints the windows, doors and walls of many eateries and shops in the city. Her work is full of recognizable emotions and that's what makes it so special!
Madison van Rijn grew up in Guelph, Ontario, in the countryside until she moved to Belleville to go to ballet school. When she was seventeen, she came to Toronto where she realised that Toronto is actually a hospitable city that is full of opportunities for young creative people like her. From 2013 to 2015 Madison studied at OCADU (Ontario College of Art and Design University). A few years earlier she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life because of her varied range of interests and ways in which she wanted to express herself creatively.
Madison took a break from her studies at OCADU to temporarily fully concentrate on her professional career. She has painted a lot of windows, doors and walls of bars and shops in the streets of Toronto. Madison's clients include none other than The Globe & Mail, ELLE Canada, Holt Renfrew, NIKE, Off-White, Victoria Secret, Sid Lee, Vitamin Water, MasterCard, Canadian Tire and ADIDAS, and that's just a tip of the iceberg.
“The best part about my job is solving a problem, understanding it and being the hand that gets to show it off to the world.”
Meanwhile, the young illustrator has built up a profile as an emerging and trusted artist for local businesses in the city. Madison's talents lend themselves to so many different types of assignments. In this way she can enter into various fun collaborations as she does now.
What makes her work so special is the personal content she incorporates into it and how outsiders can identify with it. She draws her inspiration from frank, emotional experiences that we all experience at one time or another. She does not idealise the work of other illustrators: “Or I get caught in trying to be like them,” Madison said in a previous interview. However, she does regularly look at Francisco Goya's drawings. It is her motivation to improve herself continuously.