Thick drips of paint cover the entire body of a woman as she kneels with her head down, her palms laid flat underneath her. This is a vibrant snapshot of Charmaine Olivia, the talented artist we’re currently crushing on. We’re all for finding more ways to appreciate art and painting, and Olivia’s pieces are quickly becoming some of our favorite works of art.
The artist’s style has led to numerous exhibitions. She’s also worked with brands like Urban Decay, Vans, and Burton. She even designed a poster for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” album release. The piece shows Gaga with wild, white hair and antlers; tattoos on her neck show her name, the album, and the date. As Olivia’s website explains, a portion of proceeds from the posters went to a “music education charity.”
But rewind to Olivia’s childhood — before all these awesome projects — and you’ll find a girl who just loved to create. The artist remembers trying to create no matter where she went. Case in point: Her tendency to dip her chopsticks into soy sauce at sushi restaurants and “paint” with it.
Olivia told HelloGiggles in an email:
Now, Olivia embraces her bold and bright aesthetic fully. Her Instagram account is full of her works in progress and completed pieces. But her account also features snapshots filtered through a rainbow kaleidoscope — palm trees against a colorful sky, a page of poetry lightly streaked with rainbow reflections.
Her feed is a reminder to look for the colors in life more often — and, in a sense, Olivia has always operated that way.
Her portraits depict magical women who look like they might belong to another universe altogether. They seem like mermaids, fairies, or something in between — even when some of their expressions seem more sinister than others. Olivia takes inspiration from both real-life subjects and her own imagination.
On her site, she encourages everyone to try to see how they can find art in everyday experiences. She invites us to look more closely at the way the sun glints off a surface, or the strange yet vibrant reflections we accidentally catch in photographs.
To find out more about Olivia, check out her work here.