Georges Villa was a designer, cartoonist, engraver, lithographer and illustrator. He studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. He was an excellent portraitist, why he was invited to Russia by the Grand Duke Vladimir, uncle of Tsar Nicolas II. In 1908 he took part in a Russian archaeological expedition to Egypt.
He spent most of his life in Montmartre where he was a well-known portrait artist whose subjects included aviation, fencing, gastronomy and aristocratic ladies of the 18th century. Between 1944 and 1946 he did illustrations of Montmartre songs including Avec les lorettes, Mimi Pinson et Pierrot.