Willy Ollero

Willy Ollero

At her home / studio in Madrid, Spain.


Marisa, or 'Willy', as everyone really calls her, smiles softly as she opens the door of her Madrid apartment. I realize immediately that I am entering an imaginary world where old and new forms collide among the beautiful compositions she creates, revealing a talent that she hides so humbly.

Willy lives in Madrid with her husband and their little girl. Their home's furniture and objects all have their own story, especially the art pieces that decorate the walls, which compete with Willy's own incredible illustrations and collages. She trained to become an architect, after which she worked in a large studio for years. This is not the first time I have heard about a young architect becoming frustrated in the creatively stifling environment of an architecture firm, not really given an opportunity to shine.

About a year ago, she decided to free up those skilled hands of hers, and took back control, trusting her own aesthetic sense. Even with the uncertainty of her profession, she is now thriving. You can find her work in nationally published magazines, copies of which she proudly keeps safe. Before I leave, she reminds me of her work being shown in a New York gallery this fall - I will definitely try to find an opportunity to get to this one.