The New York Times

“In reading poetry, we are sometimes so lulled by rhythm and sound that we forget to pay attention to meaning. This can be especially true with familiar poems, as they become ingrained in our consciousness. A picture book version of Robert Frost’s THE ROAD NOT TAKEN (Familius, 40 pp., $17.99; ages 4 to 8), with illustrations by Vivian Mineker, does a wonderful job of reintroducing a well-known poem without altering a single word.”

“Vivian Mineker is a Taiwanese American Freelance illustrator from Taipei and Portland, currently working and living in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This is an exclusive interview with Toons Mag.”

Toons Mag

Reading With Your Kids podcast

What better way to teach kids about art than with colorful picture books? In a brand new episode of the Reading with Your Kids Podcast,  we have an interview with Children’s Book Illustrator – Vivian Mineker!

My Modern Met

“Slovenia-based illustrator Vivian Mineker creates charming, atmospheric illustrations that visualize colorful, imaginary scenes. From adventures through fantasy forests to close encounters with spirit animal friends, each dreamlike artwork looks like it’s straight out of a storybook.”


“Vivian Mineker’s illustrations depict cherished every day moments as well as strong internal emotions.

From a scene at a dog park to a cozy winter cuddle, her illustrations will warm your heart by acting as a gentle reminder of all the moments we should be grateful for. Other creations feature a character navigating various obstacles, such as ‘The Climb’ where the character is up against a large fish, or ‘Phoenix’, where the heroine stands courageously atop a phoenix. “

Brown Paper Bag

“Have you ever been hiking in a forest? When you’re alone and surrounded by tall trees, it makes you feel like you’re in a fairy tale. Illustrator Vivian Mineker captures this feeling in her watercolor and colored pencil pieces. Featuring towering timber and even some spookiness, her characters set off for adventure—often with an animal pal in tow.”

“What’s your story? Where are you from?

I was born in New York, raised in Taipei and later moved back to the States to Portland, Oregon, and right now I live in Slovenia (you might have to google it lol). I started working as a freelance illustrator about two years ago, after quitting a job of almost nine years at a big company, because I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do, I wasn’t creating anything I was proud of or that made me happy so I decided to take a chance on doing what I love and always wanted to do, and right now I’m very happy about that decision!”


Meet the people: Vivian Mineker, Illustrator

Total Slovenia News

“Today's interview is with Vivian Mineker, a freelance illustrator with an adorable art style, and some fantastic answers to my questions! This interview was conducted last year so please excuse any inconsistencies, and I hope you enjoy finding out a little about Vivian, her ideas on art, and how she stays proactive.”

Magic and Musings