bio

Marlena Zuber is an illustrator and map maker and community arts builder. Her first large scale map of the city was published by Coach House Books in 2005 for uTOpia, Towards a New Toronto. In 2011, Coach House also published a large series of her maps and drawings for Stroll, a monograph of Toronto from a flaneur’s perspective, by Shawn Micallef. In 2013, Marlena collaborated with Matt Galloway of Metro Morning (CBC Radio) and his listeners to create a people’s map of Secret Toronto. Her maps have also been featured at Toronto Harbourfront Centre and at City Hall for Doors Open and they have been published in collections such as All About Maps (Sandu Publishing) and a Map of the World (Gestalten Publishing).

Marlena recently created illustrations for a book by urbanist, community catalyst and activist Dave Meslin, called “Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from Ground Up”, to be published by Penguin Randomhouse Canada in May 2019. She now lives in the small rural town of Maynooth and is coordinating arts based research in Bancroft for “Community Corridor of Inclusion and Resilience”. Emerging out of a vision from North Hastings Community Integration Association (NHCIA), this project involves 2 phases of building a collaborative public artwork that celebrates unknown and known cultural riches in the community.

Please go to: marlenazuber.com, to see Marlena’s personal work and illustration portfolio.
Contact Marlena at: marlena@marlenazuber.com