"The studio is where I find myself and lose myself in the moment."


Nerissa Balland is a visual artist, creative coach, and 2x cancer survivor who creates work in a variety of sizes and mixed media. She is a visual storyteller who uses spiritual symbols and ancient text to communicate universal themes about self-love, acceptance, and personal identity.
Nerissa has had a strong desire to create since childhood. She believes that authenticity is the key to keeping the innocence within the creative process. To maintain a balance of technique and “the unlearned.”
Extensively trained at Pratt Institute, Nerissa received a Master of Fine Arts in painting. She spent 18 years working in marketing, branding, and design. Currently, Nerissa works full-time as a visual artist in South Florida with exhibitions in diverse areas — from Miami Art Week to faith-based institutions, universities, and hospitals.


My creative process is consistently evolving in order to maintain a balance of technique and “the unlearned.” Simultaneously, it unravels like an onion and taps into basic human desires for acceptance, love and protection. I often explore how these desires are defined. I’m fascinated and comforted by boundaries, finding the loopholes, and then breaking the rules.

My art consistently represents subject matter through many textures, layers, colors, and strokes that provide playful yet organized chaos.

While I use a variety of materials and processes in each series, my methodology is consistent. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different series, they are linked by recurring themes. The subject matter of each body of work drives my material selections and my approach.


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

M.F.A., Concentration in Painting
Circle of Friends Academic Honors

Denmark Design School, Copenhagen, Denmark

Certificate of Digital Design
Awarded Highest Academic Honors
6.2001- 8.2001

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

B.A., Concentration in Drawing and Painting