About


About

Bio
Cherisse Alcantara is a Filipina-American painter who was born in the Philippines and partly raised in the Philippines and the United States. Informed by her experiences as an 'adoptee,' feelings of residing in a mobile contemporary world, and experiences of migration, her luminous paintings are poetic and reimagined depictions of her surroundings' constructed and the natural world, reflecting on home, presence, feelings of loss and ungroundedness, and the complex search for rootedness and belonging. 

Alcantara is the recipient of the Wendy Sussman Prize in Painting (UC Berkeley), the Dessner Memorial Travel Award (PAFA), and the Balay Kreative Growth Grant. She has been awarded artist residencies at Jentel (Wyoming) and Chalk Hill (California). The artist’s work has been published in 48 Hills and shown in museums and galleries locally and nationally, including The de Young Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Brea Gallery, Vessel Gallery, Pence Gallery, Sanchez Art Center, and Berkeley Art Center. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2021) and BA from the University of California-Berkeley (2013). She lives and works in San Francisco, CA.