Basya Cohen


Oak Park, MI, USA
Basya Cohen was born and raised in Metro-Detroit. After graduating high school she traveled to England to study art and design at the Manchester College of Art and Technology. There she earned a Distinction for her work. Basya completed her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Thomas Edison State College in 2009. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA). Basya's artwork was accepted to the Annual Spring Show at the Academy of Art in 2012 and 2013. She received the Spring Show School of Illustration award for Best in Category.

Basya currently gives private art lessons and works as a freelance illustrator and portrait artist. When she is not teaching or painting, Basya enjoys reading, running, taking photos, and playing the piano.

Work Experience


Illustrator and Fine Artist

I fuse fine art with illustration by bringing a fine art look to children's picture books. I also draw and paint commissioned portraits for clients.
2010 - Present Michigan, United States


Private Art Teacher

I employ a traditional approach: Building drawing skills with focus on chiaroscuro, then moving on to color and painting.
2006 - Present Michigan, United States

Yeshivas Darchei Torah

Art Teacher

Developed curriculum and guided middle school students in the fundamentals of art.
2007 - 2010 Michigan, United States


Freelance Graphic Designer

Designed logos, business cards, advertisements, direct mailing and packaging.
2006 - 2012 Michigan, United States


Academy Of Art University (AAU)

Master of Fine Arts in Illustration

June 2010 - December 2015 California, United States

Thomas Edison State College

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

2009 Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Manchester College Of Art And Technology

BTEC National Award in Art and Design, BTEC National Award in Digital Media

2004 - 2006 Manchester, United Kingdom


English (Native),
Hebrew (Conversational),


Academy Of Art University

Spring Show


Thomas Edison State College

Arnold Fletcher Award for exceptional achievement in independent learning


Manchester College Of Art And Technology




Adobe Indesign, Art Teacher, Children's Book Illustration, Photoshop, Portrait Painting,