Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat (1987, Santo Domingo) is a storyteller from the Dominican Republic. He Works primarily on film and animation. He has an AA degree in fine arts, after studying at Altos de Chavón, in 2008; later he received his BFA in Art and Media at Parsons, the New School of Desing in 2010; while in 2013 he was granted a full year scholarship at Fabrica, in Treviso, Italy. Pichardo’s work has hints of magic realism: evoking the colorful, surreal and sometimes disorienting experience of growing up in the Caribbean; his world is personal and intimate, with characters full of colors and textures, drawn into situations outside of their comfort zone. His work has been exhibited in NYC, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Milan, Lisbon, México, Iceland and the Dominican Republic. Currently, Tomás is working on his first animated feature film, Olivia & the Clouds, with which he won the national film grant for features, the Ibermedia grant for projects in-development and an honorary mention in Ventana Sur Animación (Buenos Aires, Argentina).