Olivia Villet graduated from Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa with a Honors Degree in Children’s Book Illustration in 1999. She arrived in London the following year with her suitcase and a publishing contract for Chester’s Big Surprise from Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Chester’s Big Surprise was published in 2001 after enjoying a ‘Best Newcomer Award’ from Publishing News (7 April 2000) at The Bologna Book Fair in 2000. Olivia has since illustrated several books including Sissy Buttons Takes Charge (Ian Whybrow, The Chicken House, 2002), There’s a Mouse in My House (Joanne Barkan, Reader’s Digest Children’s Books, 2006) and three ‘Morris‘ books (Vivien French, HarperCollins, 2002,2003,2004). After illustrating Monster Mess (Tasha Pym, Collins Big Cat, 2007) Olivia decided to take some time out to look after her young family. She is now back to work with lots of ideas and projects!
Olivia is currently living in sunny South Africa in the rather hot and humid region of Kwazulu Natal with her husband, two small boys and a spaniel pup named Spike. She is working on a range of children’s artwork and prints.