Frank Jing Zhang

Frank J Zhang
is an interdisciplinary artist who specializes in airbrushing. He graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University in Illustration and received his Master of Design degree from York University. Frank’s practice includes a wide range of applications from illustration, body painting, murals, and automobile art. Teaching and learning is Frank’s passion. Currently, He is working on his graduation exhibition for the interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media, and Design at OCAD University. His research explores participatory art and design that combines tangible and digital media in teaching and multidisciplinary collaboration.

2020 – 2022 Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media, and Design. Thesis: Thesis: Negotiating Seamlessness in Gallery Spaces: Imagining Conflict as a Possibility in Social Participation
OCAD University.
2020 Summer E-Learning Developer (Part-Time)  Seneca College 
2017-2019 Master of Design, Mdes. 
Thesis: Empowering Airbrush Design for Social Innovation: Building a Micro-Community Based Creative Platform.
York University
2007-2008 Bachelor of Design, Degree: B.D OCAD University  
1997-2001 Illustration, Diploma. OCAD

Scholarship & Award:

2020-2021 OCAD U Dean’s Scholarship
2017-2019  OCADU Dean’s Scholarship
2017-2019   York University Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship,
York University Faculty of Graduate Studies Fellowship.

Teaching / Educational Experience:

2021-2022 Sessional Instructor: OCAD University.
Business and Social Innovation; Entrepreneurship. 

Teaching Assistant: OCAD University.
Physical Computing, I: Kinetics

2021-2022 Course Director: York University.
Introduction to Design: Common Practice & Appreciation for non-majors.
2021 Summer OCADU Hybrid Pilot Student Collaborator, Contract.
2019-2021  Academic Teaching:  Teaching Assistant, York University.
Introduction to Design: Common Practice & Appreciation for non-majors.
2009- 2020  Studio Teaching: Spectra Art & Design Inc.
Introduction to Airbrush; The Art of Airbrushing, Advanced Airbrush Application.
2009-2020 Co-op Supervisor: Toronto District School Board Secondary Schools.
Art and design skill training for various high school co-op students

Professional Experience

2018-Present Director, Spectra Art and Design Inc.
Transforming a commercial-based airbrush studio to a community-based, multi-disciplinary art and design platform for learning and skill sharing.
2003-2018 Director, Airbrush 4u Design & Supply Inc.  
Managing studio business, design, supplies, and professional training. 
2001-03 Production Artist/Designer, Skor Corp.
Design & paint CCM goalie helmets, supervising production.
1998-2003 Production Artist (Part-time), Vertibelle Creations Inc.
Custom airbrush painting window coverings, murals & backdrops.
Freelance Commercial Artist & Illustrator.
Editorial & Children’s book illustration, Commercial mural & airbrush painting

Conference and Presentation

2021 2021 UAAC-AAUC Conference: Graduate Students Lightning Presentation.
Presenter: Negotiating Seamlessness:
Imagining Conflict as Possibility in the Gallery Space
Reverberation: An ELL Student Symposium (OCAD University)
Presenter: Negotiating a Seamlessness:
2019 Teaching in Focus Conference (York University)                                                                     
Group Presentation: From Practice to Praxis: 
Bacic, M., Briede, I., Han, H., O’Dell, C., Sokolov, E., Wong, W. & Zhang, F. 

Shows & Events

Shows & Events


OCAD University  GradEx107 Opening Ceremony  Live Painting Performance. 
2014-2019 City of Markham, Annual Canada Day Celebration Community Event.
2019 City of Markham, Aaniin Community Center & Library Opening Ceremony.
2019 Hudson’s Bay Company, Diesel Apparel Airbrush Branding Promotion. 
2019 Paramount Pictures, Cineplex conference Toronto, Featured movies live airbrush promotion on site.
2017 City of Markham, Markham EXPO 150 Event, Contracted airbrush tattoo activity organizer and provider, Markham Civic Center, Markham.
2017 Nike Brahaus 2.0 Event at Sport Chek, Airbrush branding promotion.Yorkdale Mall.
2017 Westjet Branding Promotion Prominent Mall, Airbrush body art. 
2015 Mad Max Movie Promotion,  Reefmoxie. Airbrush body painting. 
2014 Downtown Porsche – Doctor Without Borders Silent auction: custom-designed doctor bags. Agency: Dolce Media Group.
2014 Steeles Paint- Breast Cancer event. Agency: Dolce Media Group

Custom Airbrush for the fundraiser:

2014 Everything To Do with Sex Show. Live Airbrush Body Painting.
2013 Coca-Cola Promotion at Echo Beach Music Festival.

Live airbrush T-shirt Branding Promotion. Agency: Mosaic Experience Marketing

2013 Canadian Winter Olympic Team, Sponsorship Event by Sport Chek, Adidas. Airbrush Tattoo Branding Promotion. Agency: North Strategic, 
2013 Toronto International Motorcycle show. Guest Artist and Exhibitor.
2010-213 Toronto Maple Leaf and Entertainment, TFC Playoffs Activations.

Airbrush Tattoo Branding Promotion, BMO Field, Toronto. 

2009 Canada Bodyssey Body Art Convention.

Guest artist, exhibitor, and demonstrator

2008-2009 Toronto Clothing Show. Runway Live Airbrush Body Painting,

Guest artist and demonstrator 


Importfest-Canada’s largest Car Show. Guest artist: Live airbrush painting on car. 

Commercial Murals:

2017 LinkedIn Hoffman Garage Mural, Toronto. Agency: Media Marksmen
2017 Old-time Chinese Cuisine, 10 Mallard Rd #115, North York, ON 
2017 New Generation Japanese Cuisine, 486 Bloor Street W, Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y2, 
2015 Costas Greek Bakery, 265 Ellesmere Road, Toronto
2013 Molson Imports Inc, 135 Queen’s plate Dr. Mississauga, Ontario
2013 New Generation Japanese Cuisine, 486 Bloor Street W, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1Y2, 
2011 Wild Wings Franchise Restaurant, Interior Mural, Toronto and Oakville.
2010 E-Zone Indoor Golf,  Mural Backdrop. 120 N Queen St, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 2E2
2009 St. Stephenson’s Community House, MobileCommunity Employment Centre. 
2008-09 Toronto Zoo, Kids Zone, Halloween window murals.
2006 Ninki Sushi Restaurant, interior mural, Scotia Plaza, 40 King St W, Toronto
2006 The Showroom Fashion Boutique, 125 Queen St E, Toronto.
2005 Costa-Blanca Fashion, Yorkdale Mall, Toronto.
2005 Super Buffet, 1221 Markham Rd #1a, Scarborough, ON

Published Illustrations

2021 Double Trouble…and then some. Children’s book cover and illustration. Chow Chums Publication, Toronto.
2012 Pinstriping & Kustom Graphic Magazine, Full Spread Featured Artist, Issue #34, Oct/Nov. The UK.
2005 Masthead Magazine, Cover Illustration: Tally 2004. March, Vol.18. No.3 Toronto.
2003 Masthead Magazine, Cover Illustration: The Nitpick. July/August, Vol.16. No.7 Toronto.
2002 Albert Venture, Spot Illustration, January/February, Edmonton, Alberta. 
2002 Hotelier Magazine, Editorial illustration: Risky Business.  July/August, Vol.14,#4, Toronto 
2001 Nothing But Trouble, Children’s book Cover and Illustrations. Spotlight Entertainment. 
2001 Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine, Editorial Illustration: Under Pressure.  May Vol.34. #3. Toronto
2001 Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine, Editorial Illustration: To Buy or Not to Buy? November, Volume 34, #9, Toronto
2001 Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine, Full page Editorial Illustration: The Future is Now.  January, Volume 34, #11, Toronto
2001 The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad, Cover Page Illustration, Vol.20. No 1. Toronto.
2000 Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine, Editorial Illustration: Here, There and Anywhere. August, Volume 33, #6, Toronto

Digital Skills

  Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Animate CC, Premiere Pro; 
CNC software: Art Cut, Flexi, Laserpro. 
Web CMS: WordPress, Magento; LMS: Moodle; e-Class.
3D software: Blender, Unity.  
Physical computing: Arduino 

Community Work

2022 OCAD University Teaching Award Committee Grad-Student Member
2015-2021 Board of Director of Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No.1064

Reference: Upon request