Isabel Avila was born in East Los Angeles in 1979 and is currently based in Pasadena, California. She studied and got her B.F.A. in Photography and Imaging at Art Center College of Design in 2005 and was a photography instructor for several years at her alma mater, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
She currently works freelance in photography and video while pursuing personal projects. Local exhibitions have been at Compact Space Gallery, The Hive Gallery and Studios, M.J.Higgins Fine Arts, and Art Center College of Design.
She has been awarded First Grand Prize for the David A Dechman Photography Award, a Grant from the Richard & Jean Coyne Family Foundation, and an Art Center Grant.