About


About

Bio
Cherisse Alcantara (b. Philippines) is a Filipina American painter based in San Francisco. Informed by her experiences as an 'adoptee' and feelings residing in a mobile contemporary world, her works are poetic and reimagined depictions of her surroundings' constructed and natural world, reflecting on home, presence, feelings of loss and ungroundedness, and the complex search for rootedness and belonging. 

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), 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, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Berkeley Art Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.