Karlien de Villiers was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1975.
She studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Stellenbosch University from 1994 - 1997, and started her career in advertising as a designer at Ogilvy, Cape Town. In 2006 she received an MA in Information Design from Pretoria University. She was a Lecturer in Illustration and Design at Stellenbosch University from 2006 to 2017. De Villiers is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel My mother was a beautiful woman. Her comprehensive CV or Resumé can be viewed here.
Karlien de Villiers' work has been published and featured in Le Monde (FR), Internazionale (IT), Bodoï (FR), Canal BD (FR), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (CH), Süddeutsche Zeitung (DE), Between 10and5 (ZA), ComicArtAfrica (ZA), Art South Africa (ZA), Mail & Guardian (ZA), Business Day (ZA), VISI Magazine (ZA), ELLE Decor (ZA) among others. In 2011 De Villiers was awarded the prestigious UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for Visual Arts.