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I've never been a fan of labels and of pigeonholing one's self. Instead I choose to explore and wear many different hats. All at once, I wear the following hats:

Artist

Illustrator

Designer

Host

Writer

Poet

Our society has an attachment to labels. Designating a word to something abstract gives us the illusion of being able to grasp and contain it. To make things seem familiar, fixed and defined.

I choose to be ever seeking, learning, changing and growing.

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The Symbomythologer

Michelle Chermaine painting at the Transcendental Art Show during Nuit Blanche

Style: Own style - Symbomythicism. A mix of realism and fantasy incorporating symbolism drawn from different cultures and mythologies.

Interests: Art, archery, books, publishing, classic literature, poetry, creative writing, journalism, Middle Eastern, Latin and ballroom dance, fashion, filming, photography, folklore, symbolism, cultures, history, martial arts, world religions, spirituality, world music.


INTERVIEWS & PRESS


Philippine Canadian Inquirer September 5, 2014

Michelle Chermaine with TV5 Derek Ramsay, Gelli De Belen and Arnell Ignacio in Philippine Canadian Inquirer September 5, 2014

Waves March 2014

Michelle Chermaine in Waves  Newspaper with Ambassador Leslie Gatan

Balita News March 2014

Michelle Chermaine in Balita News with Ambassador Leslie Gatan

Filipino Bulletin March 2014

Michelle Chermaine in the Filipino Bulletin with Ambassador Leslie Gatan

Taliba March 2014

Michelle Chermaine in Taliba Newspaper with Ambassador Leslie Gatan

Filipiniana February 2014

Michelle Chermaine in Filipiniana News with Ambassador Leslie Gatan

Munting Nayon February 2014

Michelle Chermaine in Munting Nayon February 2014 with Ambassador Gatan

The Philippine Reporter July 2013

Michelle Chermaine in The Philippine Reporter July 2013


Tahanan Magazine Fall 2012

Philippine independence day art show at the Philippine ambassador's residence in Ottawa.

Michelle Chermaine in Tahanan Magazine at the Philippine Ambassador's residence art show

Nikkei Voice July / August 2012

Nikkei Voice July / August 2012

"In the case of Paint the Sky with Stars, Michelle (Chermaine) Ramos' glitter painting of a Middle Eastern belly dancer's blurred arm sweeps against a bright polychrome background had a charming show biz shimmer to it..." David Fujino - Nikkei Voice


Libreto November 2011

SNAP Downtown Toronto Michelle Chermaine with That's Women's Work


SNAP Magazine November 2011

SNAP Downtown Toronto Michelle Chermaine with That's Women's Work

Spirit Sentient October 2011

"Michelle Chermaine impressed me as one of the most well-prepared artists. Okay, she impressed me as THE most well-prepared artist. Talk about shining like a star. As a success-coach, this speaks volumes to me..."

Jason Fonseca- Spirit Sentient, October 2011(Read the full article here)


SNAP Magazine April 2011

SNAP Downtown Toronto Michelle Chermaine with That's Women's Work

SNAP Magazine March 2011

SNAP Downtown Toronto Michelle Chermaine with That's Women's Work

Toronto Examiner March 2010

"Local artist Michelle Chermaine is a self taught, multi-talented artist whose work is inspired by a wide range of symbols and imagery. Her paintings incorporate the symbology of the old ways, yet have a freshness and relevance to the modern observer. Rather than a direct representation of pagan symbols, her work carries a universal message and an appeal that resonates with people of every faith."

Kyle West - Toronto Examiner, March 2010 (Read the full article here)


"Michelle Ramos did the art work and the cover design. I met her on Facebook and saw her work. That was all it took. We discussed a few ideas, she asked lots of questions about the story and the result is what you see..."

Special mention in Rich Feitelberg's author interview for the publication of the fantasy novel, Aure The Topaz. (Read Rich's interview here)


BIO

Michelle Chermaine Ramos is a multi-disciplinary artist in various art forms including visual arts, multimedia, jewelry design & creative writing. As a self taught artist, she became a published cartoonist at the age of 11 and continued to draw comic strips for local magazines for the next 3 years. After trying realism she discovered there was nothing more rewarding than taking on the challenge of painting realistic portraits and symbolic illustrations.

Torn between her love for creating things and her interest in technology, she found a middle ground and graduated with honors in New Media Design from Centennial College, Centre for Creative Communications. Her work has been exhibited in various shows & galleries in Toronto including the Royal Ontario Museum & the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center and included in the private collections of celebrities such as Juno nominee Jelleestone and legendary singer/songwriter Paul Anka.

As a jewelry designer, she brings her eclectic taste into her handmade designs for celebrities including Nia Vardalos, Sam Milby, Tony Gonzaga and Gerald Anderson. She also currently works as a broadcast show host and writer covering Filipino Canadian news in Toronto, Canada.


ARTIST’S STATEMENT

“My work is mostly symbolic because I believe that art, to be a true gateway of expression, must in some way or form, invoke in the viewer a sense of wonder, as if they have been transported to another world. This world is both strange yet familiar due to the presence of ubiquitous symbols which are commonly ingrained in many cultures representing people’s core universal values, fears and aspirations.

To me, beauty in art is not simply 'canvas deep'. If the piece can invite the viewer to look deeper beyond the canvas’s tangible depth, beyond the superficial brushstrokes covering its surface, by speaking to the viewer in the cross-cultural language of colors and symbols, then and only then do I feel that my work truly breathes life.”

Fantasy and symbolism have always been central in most of her work’s themes which includes visual art, poetry and other writings. Her inspiration stems from her multicultural heritage, literature, mythology, spirituality, dance, music and her study of various cultures.

Active in Toronto’s arts and culture scene, she has worked in fashion backstage as a show assistant and as a model on the runway and in photoshoots for Canadian designers including Embody & Glyphiks Designs.

 

 

Nia Vardalos wearing a necklace by Michelle Chermaine

Nia Vardalos (writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding) wearing a one of a kind gemstone necklace created by Michelle Chermaine



Paul Anka and Michelle Chermaine

Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Anka with his portrait by Michelle Chermaine



Michelle Chermaine's painting at the Philippine ambassador's mansion on Independence Day 2012

At Canada Philippine Fashion Week with Ms. Universe Canada 2013, Riza Santos, who owns one of Michelle Chermaine's one-of-a-kind handcrafted chalcedony earrings.



Michelle Chermaine's painting at the Philippine ambassador's mansion on Independence Day 2012

June 22 2013 at Cedar Ridge Gallery with Amelia Montesa, former Ambassador Clemencio F. Montesa & Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan at the celebration of the 115th year since the declaration of Philippine independence.


Michelle Chermaine with Derek Ramsay

Michelle with Derek Ramsay who is wearing a handmade gemstone necklace from her jewelry line.


Michelle Chermaine's painting at the Philippine ambassador's mansion on Independence Day 2012

With Philippine ambassador Leslie Gatan at the Philippine ambassador's mansion in Ottawa on Independence Day 2012


Michelle Chermaine with Gelli De Belen who is wearing a gemstone bracelet designed by Michelle Chermaine

With Gelli De Belen who is wearing a gemstone bracelet designed by Michelle Chermaine


Michelle Chermaine with Arnell Ignacio who is wearing a handmade gemstone necklace designed by Michelle Chermaine

With Arnell Ignacio who is wearing a handmade gemstone necklace designed by Michelle Chermaine