I was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia, in 1987 and immigrated to Toronto with my folks in 1996. I owe much to my teachers at Branksome Hall who encouraged my artistic talents, which I honed later with my dad, Ciba Karisik, in his studio. I graduated with a specialist in art history from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, and decided it was time to apply my academic background into something practical.
My career in the art business started with Odon Wagner Gallery where I worked for several years exhibiting Canadian & International contemporary art and 19th-century European historical paintings. For the past five years, I have worked for Loch Gallery in Toronto representing some of the country’s finest living artists while also dealing in Canadian historical and post-war artwork.
I completed a diploma in appraisal studies through the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and have been applying my knowledge in the field. My experience as an appraiser of Canadian art includes the preparation of numerous CCPERB and charitable donation appraisals. I have completed cultural property donation appraisals for ADAC (Art Dealers Association of Canada), the Winnipeg Art Gallery, University of Toronto, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Through the years, I steadily painted and exhibited my pastels and oils, but I recently committed myself to a more focused and dedicated practice inspired by places encountered and friendships forged along the way. You can find me working in Toronto, hiking the Dinaric Alps, or roaming the beaches of the wild Pacific west coast.