As a child, Avillez fantasized about a career in illustration. But by the time she arrived at Rhode Island School of Design, she’d decided to pursue painting instead. Even so, she remembers that “the things I had always loved—magazines, books, printed anything, paper anything, comics, humor, writing, stories, typography—hovered nearby me at all times, waiting for me to catch back up.”
Indeed, they did. Today, the New York-born and -based Avillez spends her days making illustrations for the very publications that inspired her when she was young. Her drawings of sprightly, eccentric, and wildly fashionable humans (“People watching is my only hobby,” she says) regularly make their way onto the pages of The New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, ZEITmagazin, and more.
Recently, the Guggenheim Museum
also tapped Avillez’s talent. A new series of illustrations reveal what happens within the spiraling walls of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building in-between exhibitions. In one
, several funkily-attired museumgoers hold phones above their heads, snapping pictures of the institution’s famously dizzying rotunda. Next year, look out for Avillez’s first book, D C-T!
, a collaboration with writer Molly Young that brings together delightfully mischievous illustrated and coded word puzzles about New York City.
Header image: Sara Andreasson, Petite, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.