Born in Caracas, Venezuela. She studied painting at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas Cristóbal Rojas and the Instituto de Arte Federico Brandt in Caracas between 1986-1996. From 2000-2005, she studied “New Techniques for Expression and Psychoanalysis in Art: The Archetypes” at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas Cristóbal Rojas. She studied also photography with Professor Claudio Nieves at the Universidad Santa María in Caracas during 1983 and 1984. In 1985, she received a grant from the Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Rómulo Gallegos (Celarg), where she attended a poetry workshop. Avilán received a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas in 1983. She has exhibited in Venice (Italy), New York City, Palm Beach, Miami, and her hometown Venezuela.