ABOUT the artist

Michelle Vella is a contemporary portrait artist known for her unique Big Eyes. The NY fashion scene quickly embraced Michelle’s style from the start. Fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg discovered Vella on Instagram resulting in a meeting in NYC and delivery of her custom portrait which is now part of the DVF collection. Vella has garnered commissions and collaborations with high fashion magazines, fashion designers, corporate and private collectors. Having an education in Fine Arts and a graphic design business for a decade, it was only recently that Vella unleashed this new found passion which has now become her full time career. Vella’s recognizable style is ever evolving and crosses the line between illustrator and artist. Michelle is based in Toronto, Canada.


Vella’s Clients, Commissions & Collaborations

  • BIDINIS Italy: Wearable Art Fashions 2016

  • SANTONI Italy: Campaign SS16

  • LANE CRAWFORD: Editorial May 2016


  • DVF:  Diane von Furstenberg Portrait

  • INFOR Portrait

  • GLAM4GOOD; Mary Alice Stephenson

  • Diamonds Unleashed: Art Miami 2015

  • W Magazine Editors: Portraits; Stefano Tonchi, Edward Enninful,

  • Lynn Hirschberg, Armand Limnader, Publisher; Lucy Kriz

  • Coach Creative Director: Portrait; Stuart Vevers

  • Brother Vellies: Portrait; Aurora James

  • JdJ JEWELS: Portraits; Jewelbox Windows at the Toronto Ritz-Carlton 

  • Exterior Technologies Group: Portraits; IDEX

  • KARA ROSS NY: Portraits; Instagram Mothers Day Campaign

  • W Magazine Instagram: Portrait; Taraji P. Henson Aug 2015 Cover

Vella’s Art Exhibits

  • ROCKS ON THE DOCKS: JDJ JEWELS & Solo Art Show July 2016 Muskoka
  • ART MIAMI 2015: Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross 
  • IDEX Toronto 2015: Exterior Technologies Group
  • MY BRUSH WITH FASHION Sept 2015: Solo Exhibit Toronto
  • TIFF Sept 2015: JdJ Jewelbox Windows Toronto Ritz-Carlton

Live Illustrating EVENTS

  • IT GIRL LUNCH NYFW Sept 2015: W magazine/Coach
  • CLUB W NYC Oct 2015: W magazine Client Event
  • NARS Las Vegas Nov 2015: W Magazine/NARS Cosmetics

Vella's Art has been Recognized by

Edward Enninful, Donna Karan, Norma Kamali, Fern Mallis, Jeannette Chang, Stacey Bendet of alice+olivia, Donald Robertson, Cynthia Rowley, Sharon Wauchob, GLAM4GOOD, Caterina Bidini, NARS Cosmetics, Kara Ross NY, IMG NYC, THE SOCIETY NYC, ELITE NYC, WILHELMINA NYC, WOMEN MANAGEMENT NYC, DNA Management NYC, SOUL Artist Management NYC, WWD, Raine Magazine, JdJ Jewels, GERBER-SEID Fine Art NYC, Satellite Journal, Binky Magazine, Industrie Magazine, Condé Naste, Madame Air France, and Now Toronto to Cindy Crawford, Michael Strahan, Aurora James, Tom Munro, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Sienna Miller, Raina Hein, Shaughnessy Brown, Meghan Collison, Aya Jones, Marie Fofana, Valerie van der Graaf and Lineisy Montero who was one of Fashions most popular models in 2015.

Contact: info@michellevella.com

©2016  Michelle Vella 

Michelle Vella at NARS COSMETICS - W Magazine Event - Photo courtesy of ©Al Powers/PowersImagery.com

I found my bigeye style by being true to myself, my authentic self.
— Michelle Vella

Self Portrait

Michelle meets with Diane von Furstenberg

Michelle Vella is featured on the DVF Blog

Michelle Vella is featured on the DVF Blog

Art Miami: Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross

Art Miami: Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross

Art Miami: Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross

Art Miami: Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross