Charmaine Lenisa (born 1971 in Capetown, South Africa) is a contemporary artist who paints from a desire and passion to create. She mainly uses oils and/or acrylics to express herself. Her work is a mixture of fantasy and realism where mysterious figures melt between dreams and reality. Surrealism inspires her work.
Charmaine spent her early childhood in Canada, Switzerland and London (UK). She later (at the age of ten years old) moved to The Hague (Holland). She now lives in Mechelen (Belgium). She started drawing at a young age. At first inspired by her father, also an artist and photographer Bruno Lenisa 'Bacos' (born in Trieste, Italy 1945- 2012) and by her travels (visiting museums and so on). Later she drew comics. In 1987, an article was published in the Newspaper 'Het Vrije Volk' about her comics and drawings. In 1990 she started to paint with oil colors and got inspired by surrealism. In 1994 she got her diploma Fashion illustration and in 1997 she studied Art history. In 1998 she had private art lessons from a known Dutch painter Frans Erkelens (born in Jakarta, Indonesia 1937-2016) and in 2000 she started to develop her own style as an artist. She has been exhibiting her work from 2001 until now all over Europe (London, Amsterdam, Brussels and more).