Isabella Margarita Mellado Puerto Rico
Isabella Margarita Mellado is a painter, sculptor and digital artist whose works express the mystical, esoteric, and surreal aspects of estrangement. The work is autobiographical and addresses the nexus of queerness and latinidad. Mellado uses a painterly and layered visual language to create dramatic, theatrical depictions of people embroiled in passion and mystery. Mellad’s dream-like picture-worlds hover between life and death, day and night, ecstasy and terror. The multidimensional character of the narratives that play out in her compositions relate to Mellado’s personal relationship to complex issues such as the gender binary and the cultural dichotomies inherent within her diaspo-rican heritage. Mellado's work has been featured at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago; Walter Otero Contemporary Art in San Juan, PR; Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in Miami; MoMa PS1 in New York, NY; MECA Art Fair in San Juan, PR; Obra Gallery in San Juan, PR; Castle of Sant’Eusanio Forconese in Castelvecchio, IT; Palazzetto Cenci in Rome, IT; and others. Mellado has also completed residency at Ox-Bow in Sagatuck, MI; Dacia Gallery in New York, NY; the Studios at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018, and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
SKIN + MASKS |||, Curated by Vic Mensa & Chanelle LacyMagnificent Mile Association, 535 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 18 Jul 2022 - 15 Apr 2023Kavi Gupta announces the third iteration of SKIN + MASKS, a group exhibition aimed at decolonizing Black art beyond the politics of visibility. Co-curated by gallery director Chanelle Lacy and rapper, activist, and philanthropist Vic Mensa, the exhibition brings together works by an inter-generational group of Chicago-based contemporary artists, and...