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Amanda Visell is a multidisciplinary artist that identifies mostly as a painter and sculptor and has built an extensive world of characters, toys and products throughout her career. She moved from the Pacific Northwest to Los Angeles to pursue a career in visual development for animation, eventually becoming a designer and sculptor for various stop-motion animation productions. Her career took a sharp turn when she started showing her paintings publicly. Since 2005, she has worked as a full-time independent artist. She’s exhibited, lectured, and taught workshops at galleries, universities, and museums internationally, including solo exhibitions at Disneyland USA in 2007 and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles in 2010. In 2007, she formed her own design brand, Switcheroo, with notable artist Michelle Valigura, focusing mostly on collaborative handmade sculptures.

She currently lives as a hermit on the Oregon Coast.


Lectures, Workshops Etc

Grand Valley State University, Michigan 2020

AsiaPop, Manila, Philippines 2018

Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco, CA 2016, 2017

Pictoplasma Character design conference, Berlin Germany 2014

Switcheroo Institute for Lower Learning, 2010-2013

Corona Capital, Mexico City 2013

Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada 2013

Art Toyz, Paris, France 2012

Guru Galleria, Mexico city 2012

Taipei Toy Festival, Taipei, Taiwan 2011

Roac Art Center, Manila, Philippines 2011

Freak Store, Caracas, Venezuela 2010

Taipei Toy festival, Taipei Taiwan 2010

Camion de pompier, Montreal, Canada 2009

Notable Publications

With Smiles On Our Lips, Ashley Wood/3 Zero 2015

100 illustrators, Taschen 2014

Illustration Now volume 3, Taschen 2012

Super I am 8 bit, Chronicle 2011

Freeman's catalog, Vader Project 2010

Three Apples, Sanrio 2009

Swindle Magazine, feature and interview 2009

Popping Through Pictures, Amanda Visell, Baby Tattoo books 2007

I am 8 bit, Chronicle, 2006

Solo exhibitions

Pacific, Cannon Beach, OR 2020

Drift, I am 8 bit, Los Angeles, CA 2020

Swallow the Moon, Guru Galeria, Mexico City, MX 2015

Manta, Milk Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 2014

Where Eagles Dare, MRKT, San Diego, CA 2013

Tough Enough, Rotofugi, Chicago, Illinois 2012

Everything Dies, Guru Galeria, Mexico City 2011

Volcanoes for Beginners, Rotofugi, Chicago, Illinois 2010

Primeval Love, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, 2010

45th anniversary of the Enchanted Tiki Room, Disneyland, CA 2009

Tic Toc Apocalypse, M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs CA 2008

40th anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean, Disneyland, CA 2007

Switcheroo, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA 2007

Select group exhibitions

Thailand Toy Expo, Bangkok, Thailand 2014-2018

Taipei Toy Festival, Taipei, Taiwan 2010-2017

With Smiles On Our Lips, Tokyo, Japan 2015

Munich Art Fair, Munich, Germany 2014

DC Comics touring show, 2012

eating the sun, Paradise Gallery, Taipei Taiwan 2010

Three Apples, Royal T art fair/Sanrio 2010

Vader Project, Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2008

Peter Pan 55th anniversary, Disneyland art gallery 2008

Pop Surrealism, Crime on Canvas, Hard Rock casino hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada 2008

Hello Again, Copro Nason Gallery 2007

i am 8 bit, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles 2007

Beyond the Cel, Mesa Art Museum, Mesa, Arizona 2006

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