Willie Landels was born in Venice in 1928. In 1946, he attended the Art High School in Brera, Milan for a few months. 1947 to 1948 he attended the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan as scenographer apprentice. In 1947 he set his personal exhibition of surrealist collages at the "Biblioteca Vinciana" in Milan. In 1950 he moved to London. 1951 to 1965 he was Art Director at the J.W. Thompson as well as at the Queen magazine, from 1965 to 1968. In 1970 he founded the magazine Harpers & Queen of which he was managing director and art director until 1985.
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