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Kaliisa is a photographer and visual artist, inspired by color and light. Drawn to creativity early on, Kaliisa grew up in the emerald green of Eugene, Oregon. Rainy days and the lush green and soulful trees gave Kaliisa a strong connection to nature. Kaliisa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, specializing in photography, film and new media. As an artist, her dedicated energy creates unique and soulful imagery.
Her art, photography, and videos have been exhibited at The de Young Museum, Cellspace Gallery, Artist Television Access, Red Ink Gallery, Anon Gallery, Pacific Film Archives, Black Box Gallery, The Anne Bonney, Boontling Gallery, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Hynotiq Gallery, The Lash, 11:11 ACC Gallery, and Avante Garde Los Angeles.
Kaliisa photographs musicians like Shannon & The Clams, Rainbow Arabia, Soviet, The Hunches, Kadja Bonet, Carisa Bianca Mellado, Kitty Clementine and Vulkano. She has collaborated with fashion stylist Wyman Chang on photo and video shoots for Vogue Australia, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Reebok, and 'Deja Vu', a Sia and Giorgio Moroder and music video.
Kaliisa's photo retouching work appears regularly in publications such as The New Yorker, The Hollywood Reporter, GQ France, New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Oprah Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, LA Weekly, Wired, and Men's Health Magazine.
Her creative collaborators include Glam Glow, Guess, Wildfox, Mother Denim, Maine Design, Farfetch, Londubh Studio, Nickelodeon, Stronger Shines The Light Inside, Topsy Design, Woken Coffee, and many talented commercial photographers.
Kaliisa has lived along the west coast cities of Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and frequently vacations to Joshua Tree and Idyllwild, California. Kaliisa loves to adventure, both day trips and international travel. Some of her favorite destinations are Tokyo and ancient places like the Teotihuacan pyramids near Mexico City.
Kaliisa is a nature and animal enthusiast. She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with her boyfriend music composer Chaz Windus and their two dogs, Isabell and Maya ~ her dog blog is @magical.maya.and.isabell .