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Karissa has been experimenting and developing her skills and processes. She finds inspiration everywhere She looks, and that inevitably filters down into her work. 

Get to Know Karissa

Karissa Narukami, born in 1998 in Richmond, Canada, was diagnosed with moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of 2. However, her artistic journey began early on, as her parents discovered her talent when she was around the same age as the diagnoses. While passing by a carnival, Karissa drew the scene with remarkable accuracy, showcasing her gifted topographic memory. Her sister, Aiko Narukami, recalls that one day Karissa started drawing in a unique way. The family also learned that Karissa possesses topographic memory, allowing her to remember contours, designs, shapes, and structures of places, persons, and objects.

With passion and determination, Karissa delved into various art forms, including drawing, painting, and sculpting. Her artwork is characterized by detailed images and countless lines that document her incredible imagination, even capturing elements that may go unnoticed by others. Despite her ASD diagnosis, Karissa's artistic abilities have shone brightly, showcasing her unique talent and creativity.


Despite having no formal art training, the 26-year-old Karissa has been offered a scholarship by Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her preferred medium is ink and watercolor, and she enjoys painting people, animals, and flowers with intricate details. Karissa's father, Dennis, notes that her emotions are reflected in every color, style, and stroke in her paintings, making her artwork truly unique.​

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