Cherisse Alcantara 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 in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley (2013). She has shown art both locally and nationally. Her recent awards include the PAFA Murray Dessner Memorial Travel Award, Jentel residency, the Hopper Prize, and the 2022 Balay Kreative Grant. Alcantara examines her surroundings and the constructed world in search of a deeper connection with reality and the everyday through painting.