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 and is an MFA candidate at the School of the art Institue of Chicago.


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, photography, 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. 


2021-2023 | MFA Candidate School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) 

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


Grants, Fellowships & residencies

2023 | Awarded Residency at Ox Bow, Saugatuck, MI

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

2018 | Finalist at Orangenius' Art Elevated Competition
2017 | Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO


group exhibitions

2022 | MFA Show, SAIC

2022 | Homeplace, Graduate Open Studios SAIC

2021 | Red is Love, Galería Petrus, San Juan, PR

2020 | Celebration!, Galería Petrus, San Juan, PR

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

2022 | Isabella Mellado, Walter Otero Contemporary Art

2022 | Ingress, SAIC Incubator Space

2019 | Studio Solo Show at Club Jibarito, San Juan, PR

2016 | Isabella Mellado: Observations of Self, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Boston, MA

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