Isabella Mellado

Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Painting and Drawing

Isabella Mellado is a painter native to San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018 and is set to graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2023.

Estrangement is the driving force behind Mellado’s impulse to create. Her paintings, sculptures and photographs reckon with personal themes such as her relationship with the gender binary and the dichotomy that is inherent to being a diaspo-rican. Her work is autobiographical, vivid and magical-realist in style, and addresses the nexus of queerness and latinidad.

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.