1996-2001 – Belarusian State Academy of Arts (Bachelor degree at Industrial & Graphic Design).
Courses: Drawing & Painting, Formal Composition, and Rules, Sculpture, Industrial Design,
Graphic Design, Practical Classes of work with Different Materials, Material Science and Technology,
Architectonics, Ergonomics, Plastic Art, Chromatics, Artistic Fonts, Perspective, Surface Anatomy,
Contemporary Design Styles, Engineering Drafting, Patent Science.
1990-1995 – Architecture & Arts School. Brest, Belarus.
2000/12/21 - present time - Founder, Creative Designer & Visual Artist at NARGIZA Design / Toronto, Canada / www.nargiza.net
2014/04/28 - present time - Co-founder, Art-director
NUMZ Graphics / Toronto, Canada / ww.numzgraphics.com
2013/03/01 - 2016/06/20 - Chief Designer at GVA Lighting, Inc., Oakville, Canada.
2010/12/01 - 2013/03/01 - Graphic & Exhibit Designer at GVA Lighting JLLC, Minsk, Belarus.
2005/08/01 – 2010/01/01 – ART Director at a full-Service Advertising agency JUKOLApress, JLLC, Minsk, Belarus.
2002/10/01 – 2005/08/01 – ART Director at JUKOLApress, LLC, Minsk, Belarus.
2002/01/25 – 2002/10/01 – Major Designer at automobile magazine "KORVET", JUKOLA Holding, Minsk, Belarus.
2000-2001 – Major Designer at "KUZNIA" design-studio, Minsk, Belarus.
1998-1999 – Interior Designer at "ALLADIN" salon of Italian furniture, Minsk, Belarus.
1998 – Designer at "OSMIUM", Minsk, Belarus.
AWARDS AND PRIZES
2020 - Silver A' Design Award Winner for Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category in 2020
"Crystal" Lighting Art Installation
2020 - Silver A' Design Award Winner for Performing Arts, Style and Scenery Design Category in 2020
"Outsiders" Lighting Performance
2020 - Runner-Up for Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category in 2020
"Canada 150" Pendant Art and Craft Installation
2012 - SILVER at Third Innovation Award for booth design and creativity,
101-400 square foot category, Toronto, Canada.
2004 - II Belarusian Public Relations Professional Competition "Premiya-2004".
"KORVET" magazine was nominated as "The Best Corporate Publication", Minsk, Belarus.
1995 - Grand Prize at the competition
"The History of Belarus in Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture" Brest, Belarus.
1992 - 1st prize at regional competition "Spring Flowers" Brest, Belarus.
1990 - 2nd prize at regional competition "To 500th F. Skorina's anniversary" Brest, Belarus.
1989 - 1st prize at city competition "The World in Children's Eyes" Brest, Belarus.
Oakville (Ontario, Canada)
"Outsiders: energy is inside" is a lighting performance that was staged in Oakville, Canada. The performance is a fiction on the theme of Energy, particularly, how and what kind of energy inhabitants of other planets use to survive. To visualize this idea, we have designed lighting costumes masking human bodies and helping transform them into illuminated aliens. The main point of the project: the energy is actually found inside of us. It is the foundation of our livelihood and may be a key to solving the energy problem on Earth.
Branding Design Kit
The main difference in the project is the creation of branded abstract illustrations for all promo products. All illustrations are hand-drawn in the gouache technique. Coloristic formal compositions in a minimalist linear style help products stand out from a number of other competitive examples.
Illustrator and Graphic Designer - Nargiza Usmanova
Lighting Art Installation
The art installation "Crystal" is made for the “Yonge + St. Clair” Fall Art Festival which is aimed to promote local businesses. The "Crystal" has been designed to show the process of transformation throughout the crystal lattice. Using triangular shapes, we created a volumetric structural arch resembling a crystal. To define the shape, we included rope knitting in the design.
Photographer and videographer - Maxim Zinchuk