My Work

"Serie Ardor-Mini" Series


About The Artist

Personal Biography


Contact Us

Miami, USA

Melissa Peña

+305 333 7649

Caracas, Venezuela

Marianela Diaz

+58 416 774 0375

Toronto, Canada

Rodolfo Cardozo

+1 647 781 2084











"Give It Up" Series


"Perdida" Series

"Mommy and Me" Series


"El Rey de los Garabatos" Series

"Serie Amarilla" Series

"Serie Ardor" Series

“Go On; Have a Taste” Series

"Me Encontraras en el 10858" Series

"Por Primera Vez" Series

"Un Mundo" Series

Artist Statement

My work possesses a certain spontaneous roughness that reflects the intensity of a very physical approach towards my paintings. My true purpose is to manipulate the materials, exploring how they react and affect each other after they touch the canvas. Using contrasting colors, textured backgrounds, and energetic, gestured strokes, I create abstract spaces that have a somewhat chaotic and eerie atmosphere. I treat my canvases liberally and with carelessness, and my first strokes are given without any prior expectations as to what the finished product should be. From those first strokes, the process evolves, following its own unprecedented course. Each composition is a world within itself: intuitive and rough, capturing the scattered momentum of the chaos around.

Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1977, Melissa initiated her art education at a local school “Escuela de Arte Julio Arraga”. In 1990 she moved to Miami where she later received a full scholarship to New World School of the Arts in Downtown Miami. She graduated with honors and earned a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts with a major in painting. After some years of working as an assistant in the interior design field,Melissa started organizing after school art programs around small private schools in Miami Beach, eventually being offered a job at a prominent Montessori school as a teacher assistant, art teacher and after school art program director. Working with children proved to be more invigorating than presumed, so Melissa decided to earn her certification as a Montessori teacher in Early Childhood, and later a Master of Science Degree in Montessori Elementary Education from Barry University.

“VI Salon de Jovenes Artistas” Muesum of Contemporary Art in Maracaibo, Venezuela, November 2010

“Así Soy Yo”: Solo exhibition during Art Basel at KREON Showroom, Design District, Florida. 2009

“Monkey Village Experience: Art to the Music”. Little Havana, Florida. 2007

“Roving Fridays”: Series of collective exhibits. Wynwood, Florida. 2006-2007

Damien B. Contemporary Art Center: Series of collective exhibits. Wynwood, Florida. 2001-2006

Miami Beach Arts Festival 2002, Florida.

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