Cybèle Young is a Toronto based artist and author.


Cybèle Young is a renowned artist and author, whose work is exhibited and collected internationally. She spends her days creating miniature worlds from fine Japanese papers. Engaging with abstract and familiar motifs, she juxtaposes sculptures to create a sense of dialogue or play between them. Her intricate sculptural artworks are inspired by seemingly insignificant day-to-day experiences, where objects imply human interactions and small observations become fantastic. 

Since graduating from sculpture and printmaking at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1995,  Cybèle has been showing her work in galleries around the world, such as New York, LA, Miami, London, Stockholm, Japan, Singapore, Korea and across Canada.

Since her first solo show 15 years ago, she has mounted over 20 solo exhibitions, and has been included in over 30 group shows and numerous annual art fairs.

She has won over twenty grants and awards including a four-month Canada Council studio residency in Paris.

Cybèle has received critical acclaim in such publications as Art in America, The New York Times, NYLON, Wallpaper, Canadian Art Magazine, Globe and Mail, Elle, Toronto Star, NOW and MacLeans.

Her work has also been featured online in such publications as Buzzfeed, Colossal, and Jocundist.

(see 'Press' for a complete list of press releases)

Her work resides in major collections around the world - including OMERS, Ernst and Young, BMO, Gryphon, Canadian Foreign Affairs and the Canada Council Art Bank - and in the private homes of collectors such as Ben Stiller, Noah Baumbach, and Christian Louboutin.  

She has a permanent public work installed with the Toronto Transit Commission at Yonge and St Clair (Deer Park Crescent).

She works in a diverse range of mediums, but always at the root is a close connection to the hand, to paper and to the drawn line. Cybèle has both written and illustrated 8 picture books to date. 

Her books garner starred reviews and numerous awards. Most notably, she won the Governor General’s Award for for her book ‘Ten Birds’ in 2011.

Cybèle is represented by Forum Gallery in New York and Los Angeles, and most recently mounted a solo show in NYC, June 2015.

Artist Statement

My practice consists of making miniature sculptures from fine Japanese papers, some of which are embellished using etchings and other media. I create exact miniature replicas of real life objects and abstract shapes. Before the sculptures are sequestered to life under glass, I often animate their moving parts in stop motion film works, offering clues to their fictional history.

Engaging with abstract and familiar motifs, I juxtapose sculptures to create a sense of dialogue or play between them. I approach my work in series and components, ultimately building an ongoing inventory of personal experience and observation.

I compile these in various arrangements to create communities that interact and form new relationships – much like the small seemingly insignificant moments in our everyday lives that come together to create unexpected outcomes.

These manifest as miniature theatres - one act plays, where shifts of scale and perception occur. Despite the absence of the human form there is an implied presence, where the viewer can project themselves into another world.



“Day-to-day Minutiae: A Sculptural Art Form”, The Woven Tale Press, July 17, 2016

“Cybèle Young”, The Woven Tale Press, Vol. IV #5, June 2016

“Some Changes Were Made”, ACS Magazine No. 13, May 2016

“Paper Sculptures — Some Changes Were Made / CYBÈLE YOUNG”, gooood online magazine, August 9, 2015

“On Loving Amateur Artists and Staying One Yourself”, Professional Artist, August/September 2015

“Paper Artist Cybèle Young Creates A Fantastic World Of Everyday Objects”, iGNANT, July 27, 2015

“Everyday Items Get A Reality-Altering Upgrade In These Amazing Paper Sculptures”, ViralNova.com, July 25, 2015

“Paper Sculptures from Cybèle Young”, Beautiful-lands.com, July 22, 2015

“Cybèle Young”, jocundist, July 20, 2015

“Cybele Young’s Paper Sculptures Depict Everyday Objects Metamorphosing into Otherworldly Creatures”, Colossal, July 16, 2015

 ”XOXO ID: CYBÈLE YOUNG”, XOXO The Mag, July 2015


“In the fold: Cybèle Young puts a new twist on paper artistry”, Wallpaper.com, June 2, 2015

“29 Ridiculously Wonderful New Books To Read With Kids”, BuzzFeed, April 30, 2015

“The Eyes Have It”, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, March 25, 2015

“A Miniature World”, Paper Play, Gingko Press, 2014

“Art in Flight”, Quill & Quire, June 2013

“Cybèle Young: PaperDoll exhibit”, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK 2012

“Paper Doll at Mendel Gallery Saskatoon”, Folio Mendel Art Gallery Volume 40 Issue 2, Spring 2012

“Cybèle Young: New Works”, Preview, April/May 2012

“The Art of the Matter”, Quill & Quire, March 2012

“The bold and the delicate”, FFWD, 2012

“Cybèle Young Inside Her House and Studio”, Covet Garden Issue 17, 2012

“Holly Lane and Cybèle Young at Forum”, Art in America, May 2010

“Cybèle Young”, Perfect Paper, Page One Publishing, 2009

“Cybèle Young: Recent Work at The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington”, 2009

At The Galleries: Cybèle Young at Edward Day Gallery”, Goddard Star, 2008

Cybèle Young at Prime Gallery”, Toronto Life, 2008

“Miniature works score big”, Now Toronto, 2007

“Cybèle Young at Edward Day”, Globe, 2007

Decor / Files”, Wish, 2005

“Radar: Inside Cybèle’s head”, Elle Canada, 2005

“Is It Then Already? Cybèle Young Newzones Gallery”, National Post, 2004

Visual Arts”, Avenue, June 2003

“Good things come in small packages”, Maclean’s, May 26, 2003

“It’s a Small World after All”, Fiberarts Magazine, March/April 2003

Cybele Young: Let’s Go This Way”, 2002

“Drawing Conclusions”, Where, Toronto, March 2001

“Second annual Toronto International Art Fair highlights work by contemporary Toronto artists”, 2001

“The 6th Annual Great Canadian Printmaking Competition”, Ernst & Young, May 23, 2000

“Artist profile: Cybèle Young”, Surface & Symbol, 2000