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About the Artist

Isabella Mellado is a painter and educator native to San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018 and her Masters in Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2023. Mellado is best known for her magical realist paintings on latinidad, queer identity and tarot. She works in a wide range of media including painting, photography, costume design, digital collage and sculpture.


Mellado is a 2023 Teacher Institute Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Chicago as well as a Spring 2023 Teaching Fellow at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been featured at art fairs such as Material Art Fair in Mexico City, MX; The Ponce Biennial in Ponce, PR; Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in Miami, FL and MECA Art Fair in San Juan, PR. Additionally, Mellado has exhibited at the Bronx Museum in New York, NY; Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago, IL; Walter Otero Contemporary Art in San Juan, PR and Swivel Gallery in New York, NY among others.



Isabella Mellado exhibits Two of Cups in group show, Hot Summer Pt. 2 with Swivel Gallery in New York, NY. This work was originally featured at Art in Common's group exhibition Boil, Toil and Trouble.

Isabella Mellado's work, Nine of Swords (I am not my body),  was featured and sold in auction at the Bronx Museum's 2023 Gala + Silent Auction, held in honor of Angel Otero, Olivia W. Douglas and Will Calhoun. 

Featured Artist for Drag me to the Daylight Disco, the Pride Edition of Gertie Chicago's bi-weekly event, (Inter)mezzo. Hosted by Nick Cave & Bob Faust at the Blind Barber.

Artist in Residence at Gertie Chicago's event, (Inter)mezzo, held at The Blind Barber. Conducted an artist talk and created a unique installation for the night. Tarot readings were held by collaborator and photographer Lauren Oberlin.

Mellado showcased her painting, The Moon, in the second iteration of Kavi Gupta Gallery's group show, Skin + Masks. This exhibition was curated by Vic Mensa and Chanelle Lacy, and ran through the tenth anniversary edition of EXPO CHICAGO. Mellado carried out an artist talk in relation to the exhibition at the gallery.



2023 | MFA 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

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

2023 | Hot Summer, Swivel Gallery, New York NY

2023 |Gala + Silent Auction, Bronx Museum,  Chicago, IL

2023 | Boil, Toil & Trouble, Art in Common, Chicago, IL

2023 | Me Importas Tu, The Martin, Chicago IL

2023 | The Ground Between Us, Heaven Gallery, Chicago IL

2023 | MFA Show, SAIC, Chicago IL

2022 | Skin + Masks, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago IL

2022 | Homeplace, Graduate Open Studios SAIC, Chicago IL

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 FL
2017 | Basta: Final Group Show, Palazzetto Cenci, Rome IT
2017 | Hic Jacet: Group Show, Castle of Sant’Eusanio Forconese, Castelvecchio IT
2017 | Tiny Biennale, Temple University, Rome IT
2016 | Even Now (or then) As Formerly, Benson Gallery, Providence RI
2014 | YoungArts Group Exhibit, MOMA PS1, New York NY
2013 | Today’s Portrait: Group Show, Viota Gallery, San Juan PR

Solo exhibitions

2023 | 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



2023 | Featured Artist during (Inter)mezzo, hosted by Nick Cave & Bob Faust at the Blind Barber, organized by Gertie Chicago, Chicago, IL

2023 | Artist Talk in relation to Expo Chicago at Gertie Chicago's event (Inter)mezzo held at The Blind Barber, Chicago, IL

2023 | Artist Talk relating to group show Skin + Masks; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago IL

2023 | Artist Talk relating to group show The Ground Between Us; Heaven Gallery, Chicago IL

2023 | Press relating to cape designed for Miss Puerto Rico; Telemundo, El Nuevo Día, Miss Universe, San Juan PR

2022 | Graduate Noontime Lecture; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

2021 | Swell Wave; Artist Talk hosted by Montgomery College curator Gabrielle Tillenburg, Virtual

2021 | El Nuevo Día; Interview promoting Petrus Gallery Group Show “Celebration!”, San Juan PR

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