Charlene Calleja (known as Xaxa Calleja) was born 1979 in Toronto, Canada. She started pursuing art seriously in 2006, when she began attending lessons at the Jason Lu Studio. She read for BA Honours in History of Art from the University of Malta and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She has been creating artworks in her free time for nearly 10 years. Audiences who have seen her work may remember different exhibits. Her first exhibition, 365, was an installation of 365 masks, each of which was a personal interpretation, representation and manifestation of a feeling. Her second exhibition, The Trees, was a series of oil paintings exploring anthropomorphism, while her last solo exhibition, Interiority Disclosed, was a reflection of inner life portrayed through anatomy.