© 2019 Karlien de Villiers.

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Illustrator, Artist, Designer. Storyteller learning to Code. Netflix-Binger. Podcast junkie. Lecturer in Visual Communication Design, Art Direction, Illustration, Comics, and Visual Narratives. Graphic Novelist. Lover of Books and Book Cover Design. 

I studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Stellenbosch University and started my career in advertising as a designer with Orange Juice Design at Ogilvy & Mather, Cape Town. As an artist and author, I am best known for my watercolor works on paper, comic books, and colorful, often satirical illustrations. My work has been published or featured in Le Monde (FR), Internazionale (IT), Bodoï (FR), Canal BD (FR), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (CH) Between 10and5 (ZA), ComicArtAfrica (ZA) Mail & Guardian (ZA), Business Day (ZA), VISI Magazine (ZA) and ELLE Decor (ZA) among others.


I am the author-illustrator of the graphic novel ‘My mother was a beautiful woman’. The novel was published in a German translation in Switzerland (Edition Moderne) and emerged as the second-best seller at the Fumetto International Comics Festival Luzern in 2006. The book has since been translated into French (Ça et La), Spanish (Glenat) and Italian (Comma22).


I have held several solo exhibitions locally and abroad (incl Switzerland and Germany) and I regularly participate in local and international group exhibitions and art fairs. My work is widely sought after and is collected by private and corporate collectors from around the world. In recent years my work has expanded from the printed page to include large scale paintings, original artworks on paper, limited editions prints and sculptures. That being said, I'm no Luddite and I fully embrace digital technology and am voraciously learning to Code, and I am extremely curious about the intersection of creativity, design, and technology.