About the artist

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. 


Mellado is best known for her illusionistic, magical realist paintings, which take on issues regarding latinidad. She works in a wide range of media including painting, installation, performance, costume design, animation, digital collage and sculpture. 


Her work has been featured at the Young Arts booth at 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. 


2018 | BFA Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) 
2017 | European Honors Program, RISD in Rome


Grants & residencies

2019 | Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2018 | The Studios at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA 
2018 | Dacia Gallery, New York, NY
2018 | Ox-Bow, Sagatuck, MI
2018 | RISD's Florence Leif Award, Providence, RI
2017 | Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO


group exhibitions

2019 | MECA Art Fair: Samsøn Galllery, San Juan, PR

2019 | Ponce Biennial: Biblioteca Municipal Mariana Suárez de Longo, Ponce, PR
2018 | NYC Artist Residency Exhibition: Dacia Gallery, New York, NY 
2018 | Art Elevated: Installation of Banners in Garment District, Orangenius, New York, NY
2018 | You Have to Leave to Come Back: Ox-Bow Closing Show, Dogulas Visitor's Center, Douglas, MI
2018 | EMINENT DOMAIN, Art 511 Magazine hosted by Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
2018 | Wish You Were Here: Journals, Journeys & Expeditions, The Institute Library, New Haven, CT
2017 | YoungArts Booth: South Tent, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, Florida
2017 | Basta: Final Group Show, Palazzetto Cenci, Rome, Italy
2017 | Hic Jacet: Group Show, Castle of Sant’Eusanio Forconese, Castelvecchio, Italy
2017 | Tiny Biennale, Temple University, Rome, Italy
2016 | Even Now (or then) As Formerly, Benson Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island
2014 | YoungArts Group Exhibit, MOMA PS1, New York, NY
2013 | Today’s Portrait: Group Show, Viota Gallery, San Juan, PR

Solo exhibitions

2015 | Isabella Mellado, Obra Gallery, San Juan, PR
2013 | Isabella Mellado: Solo Show, Arana Foundation, “Campechada” festival San Juan, PR



2015 | Telemundo Network; Interview, San Juan, PR
2015 | El Nuevo Día Newspaper; Interview, Cover & two-page color spread, San Juan PR
2013 | Imagen Magazine; News coverage Obra Gallery Portrait Show (2015), San Juan PR
2013 | Univision Network; Interview at “Campechada” Festival, San Juan, PR
2013 | Primera Hora and Vocero Newspapers; Coverage of Congressional Art Competition win / San Juan, PR
2013 | El Nuevo Día Newspaper; Featured assisting Artist Sofia Maldonado, San Juan, PR