Cherisse Alcantara (b. Philippines) is a Filipina American painter who lives and works in San Francisco. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2021) and BA from the University of California-Berkeley (2013). Alcantara is the recipient of the Wendy Sussman Prize in Painting (UC Berkeley), Dessner Memorial Travel Award (PAFA), Hopper Prize, and Balay Kreative Growth Grant. She has been awarded an artist residency at Jentel. The artist’s work has been published in 48 Hills and shown in museums and galleries locally and nationally, including the The de Young Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, and Berkeley Art Center, and displayed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Through luminous paintings depicting her surroundings, she investigates the complex relationship between identity and place. Her works explore the constructed and natural world as paths for deeper inquiries about transience, dwelling, finding rootedness and belonging, and her relationship with place and nature.