My name is Billy, also known as characharaboy. I am a multidisciplinary visual artist and stylist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2021, where I devoted my time to animation and illustration. Aside from this, I've developed a skillset comprising of pattern surface design, styling and textile printing. 
 

Styling and storybuilding have always been an integral part of my life and are rooted in childhood obsessions like building toy cities and dressing up as beloved characters. The fictional and digital world have always come natural to me and have been oozing out into parts of my real world and thinking. This has caused my tendency to arrange colours, themes and subjects together in a sometimes unorthodox manner, which is further highlighted in my work.

Holding true to these fascinations, my artistic practice is usually comprised of at least one of three values:

  1. The development, exploration and creation of characters and the blending of the fictional and real world that comes with these.

  2. Finding new meaning in existing concepts and ideas by juxtaposing and contradicting related and/or unrelated subjects.

  3. The blurring of the physical and virtual world in relation to our modern society.


If you want to know more about past work or if you want to contact me for business you can reach me on this e-mail:

billyjansen@hotmail.com