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Cultural Crawl Artist Profile: Clarissa Banos

Clarissa smiles as she leans against the wall in front of two portraits. The paintings are orange featuring dark black hair, dark eyes and blue accents on their clothing.

Clarissa Banos is a visual artist originally from El Salvador, whose artwork focuses on traditional Latin American culture and folklore as well as in female portraiture.

Her ancestral heritage is what inspires her bold and colourful paintings: She is passionate about the magnificence of indigenous civilizations of the
Ancient Americas and particularly intrigued by the Pre- Hispanic iconography found in ancient textiles of Mexico, Central America and South America. In addition, Banos pays tribute to the wisdom, strength and resilience of indigenous women, portraying them as the axis of vibrant and mystical universe in celebration of Latin America’s idiosyncrasies, popular culture and folklore.

Her academic credentials include a BFA in Graphic Design, from Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado, El Salvador, and a MFA in Graphic Design and Illustration,
from University of Illinois at Chicago, where she graduated as a Fulbright LASPAU Scholarship grantee. Her professional background combines over 25 years of experience as a graphic designer, visual artist and visual arts instructor.

Clarissa’s artwork has been exhibited, both, in solo and group exhibitions in various cities around the world, including Vancouver, Chicago, New York, Milan,
Canary Islands and Barcelona and her paintings can now be found in private art collections in Central and South America, United States, Canada and Europe.
She moved to New Westminster, BC, in 2001, where she now lives and works as a visual artist and visual arts instructor.

Connect with Clarissa

Clarissa is smiling as she stands in front of a display of her artwork, the paintings featuring images of Latina women. The predominant colours in her works are blue, orange and white with a hint of red. White text reads: West Vancouver Community Cultural Event. Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1

Mother’s Day Storytime and Arts and Crafts
Sunday, May 12th, 2024
Kinderbooks, New Westminster, BC

West Vancouver Community Cultural Event
Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st, 2024
Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, BC

New West Craft Summer Night Market
Saturday July 20th
River Market, New Westminster, BC

Family Days at PdA
Sunday, May 12th, 2024
Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC

New West Craft Summer Markets
Saturdays: June 22, June 29
Saturdays: July 06, July 13, July 27
River Market, New Westminster, BC

To learn more about Clarissa you can visit her website or connect with her on socials.

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