Artist to Watch: Joana Avillez

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Ever since the 2012 debut of HBO’s critically acclaimed television series Girls, Lena Dunham, the show’s 27-year-old writer/director/producer has been proclaimed the messiah of the millennial generation.  With the well-received autobiographical tomes of fellow funny women Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling having already held firm atop numerous bestseller lists, it was only a matter of time before Dunham’s debut. Although not expected to hit shelves before a yet unknown date in 2014, the advice book, worth a reported $3.5 million at signing, will be peppered with the work of an equally talented millennial-Dunham’s artist friend, Joana Avillez.  Avillez, who also appeared with Dunham in a precursor to Girls-the 2009 web series Delusional Downtown Divas, graduated in 2012 with her MFA from SVA, with her work already displayed in the likes of Paper Magazine, The Times, The New Yorker, and Vogue. You may also have caught Avillez’s modern day Eloise (relocated to Brooklyn’s hip Wythe Hotel) in New York Magazine, or her sold-out shirts (through Refinery 29) depicting various fashion editors. Below is a small sampling of her work, or stop by Joana’s site here for more.

Illustrations for Oma & Bella: The Cookbook.

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Two of twelve sketches of fashion editors for Refinery 29.

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Red carpet/after party coverage, on behalf of Vogue, of Girls season 2.

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Drawings for a fashion-at-work article for Real Simple.


A sampling of New York Magazine‘s Eloise Moves to Brooklyn.


Hats of all shapes and sizes for The Believer.


Paper Magazine


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