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Ornella Xariklea Plialis is an illustrator, printmaker and motion artist based out of Philadelphia. They were born in London but spent most of their life in Thessaloniki, Greece, immigrating to the United States in 2012. Their artistic journey started in Brighton, UK where they completed an associate degree in Art & Design. They are currently finishing up their BFA in Illustration and Printmaking at the University of the Arts.  


Their immigration journey and multilayered cultural background is a huge driving force in their work. Always gravitating towards process related mediums, usually spending their time collecting cardboard, pieces of thread and anything with texture to turn into pressure plates, and later be embellished with inked line work.