About Me

Hi there! My name is Charissa Olano and I am a multidisciplinary visual artist passionate about all things art and design. I recently graduated from Ryerson University's Creative Industries program where I specialized in Visual Culture, Communications, and Business. Since 2018, I've been producing large-scale digital and traditional artwork for the hospitality industry, and have over 10+ pieces installed in hotels across the United States and Canada.

I use Adobe Suite to create digital paintings, illustrations, graphic designs, page layouts, animations, or videos. Dreams are a major source of inspiration, and have influenced my art style as whimsical, quirky, and otherworldly. My subject matter is often figurative and features women transformed in surreal settings. 

Through my work, my goal is to share a unique vision, a meaningful story, and create transformative experiences for the viewer; and I aim to experience all aspects of the creative process as an artist, director, or curator.

When I'm not drawing in my sketchbook, you can find me cruising on my skateboard or relaxing with my pet hedgehog!


Education

2015-2019 Creative Industries, Bachelor of Arts | Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University)

2017 Level I Fundamentals | Academy of Realist Art, Toronto


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Everywhere/Nowhere Virtual Showcase | Routes In & Soho House, Toronto
2020 Salon Divers | Médiathèque Federico Garcia Lorca, Montpellier, France
2019 Salon of Inclusiveness VI | Black Cat Artspace, Toronto
2019 Creative Industries Showcase | Artscape Daniels Launchpad, Toronto
2018 Creative Industries Coffee House | The Catalyst, Toronto
2018 Creative Industries Showcase | The Globe and Mail, Toronto
2017 Lucid Dream "Artists in Wonderland" | OCAD Great Hall, Toronto
2017 Creative Industries Showcase | The Burroughes Building, Toronto
2016 Creative Industries Showcase | Toronto Creator Space, Toronto
2014 Mosaic Arts Showcase | David Suzuki SS, Brampton
2014 Nuit du Suzuki | David Suzuki SS, Brampton
2012 Mosaic Arts Night | David Suzuki SS, Brampton


Publications

2020 Birth and Renewal  | Humankind Zine 
2019 Morning After the Party  | The Continuist, Toronto
2019 Self-Love  | The Continuist, Toronto


Selected Volunteer

2021 Women Paint Riverside East End Arts, Mural priming | Toronto
2019 ArtWalk in the Square, Event Set-up | Toronto
2018 Miss ACAS, Event Decoration | Toronto
2014 Courtyard Mural | David Suzuki SS, Brampton
2014 First Nations Art Mural | David Suzuki SS, Brampton
2014 "Every Night I Dream of Dancing" | Rotoscope Music Video, Andrew Huang


Keep In Touch

If you like my work, I welcome any projects and other collaborative opportunities. Use the form to inquire more, or just to say hi.

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