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Ornella Xariklea is an illustrator, printmaker and motion artist based out of Thessaloniki, Greece. She was born in London but spent most of her life in Thessaloniki, Greece, immigrating to the United States in 2012 and then returning back to Greece in 2019. Her artistic journey began in Brighton, UK where she completed an Associate’s Degree in Art & Design. Ornella completed her BFA in Illustration and Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.   

Her immigration journey and multilayered cultural background is a huge driving force in her work. Always gravitating towards process related mediums, usually spending her time collecting cardboard, pieces of thread and anything with texture.

You will usually find her with a cup of tea, hanging out with her cat Chucky and alley way opossum Bob.  

Read more about Ornella’s artistic journey in an interview with Tempesta Di Mare: