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Born 1987, Miami, USA. Currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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American artist Jasmin Charles alternately goes by the name CHARLISSIMO, a name that encompasses her experience as a multi disciplinary creator proud to be an in-between millennial born to an African American mother and a Cuban father. She moved to New York City in 2011 after studying music production and engineering for a brief time at Berklee College of Music . Her paintings and compositions are  visual and sonic therapeutic commentary on the ugly beauty of the nature of earth & people. The nature of earth, in all its simplicity, is about negative and positive charges. Magnetism exists as an aura around life and the nonliving. The nature of people is to operate out of fear (-) or love (+), creating social issues that divide populations and cause war or bring people together to heal collectively. Charles' paintings possess a magnetism that recharges the viewer, addressing subjects related to sexuality and spitiruality. Her work preserves her raw emotions before they are filtered through her conscious mind and disturbed by the inevitability of the self consciousness empathetic people feel before they decide to announce the truth. 

Charlissimo began composing short solos on her violin at the age of 9. A synaesthete, music has always been a visual experience. Chords are seen as layers of colored lights that glow and fade. Later she discovered how arranging music would shape her arrangement of colors used in paintings. The musical mind chooses bold and muted hues, emotionally selecting complimentary and dissonant chords of color to compose each statement piece. There is a vibrance and spirituality of earth and its people reflected in Charles' paintings, expressed through her use of heavy body bright colors, binary geometry, and primitive metal tools. Her distinct style of painting and eye for color is inspired from a cerebral blend of naturally occurring beauty in flowers, stones, fruits, and people +  imagery of traditional folk art paintings and iconic patterns from Africa, Indo-Asia, Russia, and South America all imprinted in her subconscious mind. 

Charly & Chill, Charlissimo's first solo exhibit, was held at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in Manhattan, NYC in the summer of 2016. "Speak Beautiful Thing, Grow Beautiful Mind" exhibit will open in 2018.