I experience much joy expressing my ideas and passions through my art. I am always surprised at the result as I am working spontaneously, focusing on the process as opposed to working for a particular outcome. In my recent work, I am enjoying the playfulness I experience when making my whimsical animal watercolors and my mixed media/collages.
Recently, in my spiritual searching and exploring, I have been breaking apart the ideas and meanings that I have given to myself and this world. I am allowing myself to let these ideas go and become open to new possibilities and ways of seeing. I am applying this same process with my mixed media/collages where I break up images and shapes, add colors and lines, move them around and allow the energy to flow. The joy of this new openness is expressed through both my mixed media pieces and my imaginary animal watercolors.
~ Marlaya Charleston ~
Marlaya Charleston has been drawing and painting since the age of twelve. She began her formal training at the age of sixteen at The Art Students League in New York City. Growing up there, she had the privilege, at a young age, to visit the Modern Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Guggenheim Museum where she was moved and inspired. She continued her studies in New York at Parsons School of Design, Cooper Union and eventually earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The School of Visual Arts.
Her influences are African Art, The German Expressionists, Picasso and Matisse.
In her latest work, Marlaya continues her artistic exploration by making compositions combining realistic images with abstract shape, texture and color and whimsical animal watercolors.
Her works have appeared throughout the Los Angeles area and are collected internationally.
School of Visual Arts New York, N.Y. Bachelor of Fine Arts
Parsons School of Design New York, N.Y.
Cooper Union New York, N.Y.
Art Students League New York, N.Y.
Creativity, Visual Art, Movement, and Performing Workshops and Classes
Carol Bodlander Venice, CA
Right Brain Drawing Whizin Center for the Arts
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Blue7 Gallery Santa Monica, CA 2017, 2018, 2019
San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center Tarzana, CA 2017, 2018
La La Ling Los Feliz, CA 2016
Lark Gallery Hawthorne, CA 2016
Brentwood Library Brentwood, CA 2015
Dysonna City Art Gallery Los Angeles, CA 2015
Hale Art Space Santa Monica, CA 2015
11:11 Creative Collective Tarzana, CA 2014
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Ed Gould Plaza Los Angeles, CA 2014
Colorgraphics Los Angeles, CA 2014
Whizin Center for the Arts Imagine Exhibit Bel Air, CA 2012, 2013
Encino Terrace Center Encino, CA 2012, 2013
West Hollywood 25th Anniversary Art Exhibit West Hollywood, CA 2010
Brand Library Art Gallery Glendale, CA 2010
Women's Club of Hollywood Hollywood, CA 2009
Watts Towers Art Center Los Angeles, CA 2009
Howeeduzzit Gallery Alhambra, CA 2009
William Grant Still Arts Center Los Angeles, CA 2008
Burbank Creative Center Burbank, CA 2008
Los Angeles Sentinel Los Angeles, CA 2008
Long Beach Arts Long Beach, CA 2008
Viva Gallery Sherman Oaks, CA 2008
Artpeace Gallery Burbank, CA 2008
Howeeduzzit gallery Alhambra, CA 2008
626 Art Gallery Los Angeles, CA 2008
Bird Fine Art West Hollywood, CA 2007
The Johnson Art Collection West Hollywood, CA 2004 - 2007
The Orlando Gallery Los Angeles, CA 2004 - 2006
The Carol Lawrence Gallery Beverly Hills, CA 2006
Agape International Spiritual Center Los Angeles, CA 2006
Blue Music Los Angeles, CA 2006
Beverly Hills Art in the Garden Beverly Hills, CA 2006
Brentwood Art Show Brentwood, CA 2006
Venice Art Festival Venice, CA 2006
Sweet & Hot Jazz Festival Los Angeles, CA 2005
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Agape International Spiritual Center Los Angeles, CA 2008
The Palmer Room Los Angeles, CA 2006
The Blue 7 Gallery Santa Monica, CA 2004
The Gallery Wall Santa Monica, CA 2003
Grant received through Los Angeles City Council - 10th district
Los Angeles Unified School District / Adult division
Los Angeles Public Libraries
Los Angeles County Libraries
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