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Karlien de Villiers is an illustrator, artist and lecturer in Visual Communication Design and Illustration with 20 years experience in tertiary teaching at undergraduate Level (1st - 4th year) and 15 years experience in post-graduate supervision of Honours and Master’s Degree candidates in Visual Arts and Illustration. As an artist and author, she is best known for her comic-art, watercolour and ink works on paper and bright, colourful, often ironic illustrations. Her work has been published or featured in many local and international publications, including Le Monde, Internazionale, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Between 10and5, Comic Art Africa, and Mail & Guardian among others. In 2011, De Villiers was awarded the prestigious UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for Visual Arts. She has held several solo exhibitions in South Africa and abroad, and regularly participates in local and international group exhibitions, comic festivals and art fairs. She often works in a mode of portrait illustration across various mediums, including mixed media on paper, watercolour, acrylics, sculpture, and printmaking.

"Karlien de Villiers' work is playful and irreverent with a gloriously dark subtext. Her almost child-like style belies a depth to

the two-dimensional subject matter, which touches on keen insights into human nature. Anamorphic characters permeate

her work like archetypal figures from a mix-match of different and invented mythologies" — Layla Leiman, Between10and5 

Karlien de Villiers. 2018. Academics Anonymous. Watercolour, ink, gouache and acrylic on paper. 56 x 76 cm

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