Bornin Havana, Cuba; lives and work in Barcelona, Spain.
Drawing from issues of unemployment, bureaucratic inefficiency, corporate as well as political corruption Melis creates mechanisms in which third parties’ experiences are integrated in the execution of his work. His methodology instills within the works ironic and absurd qualities, meanwhile allowing for elements of absence, either formal or symbolic to become manifest.
Recent solo exhibitions include:Selective memories,adn galeria, Barcelona (2018); Land of Plenty, El Apartamento, Havana (2018); Selective works, High Line, New York (2018) and Absolute silence does not exist, Fundación Cerezales León (2017).
His works have been included in the following group exhibitions: Art Souterrain festival, Montreal (2018); Interims, La Panaceé, Montpellier (2017); Post-Peace, Würtembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2017); Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); Bread and Roses, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2016) and Atopolis, Manège de Sury (WIELS), Mons, Belgium (2015).
His forthcoming solo exhibitionwill take place at Pori Art Museum, Finland (2019).
Melis is a former resident at the Rijksakademie van Beldeende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2014-15) and recently concluded a residency at Times Museum, Guangzhou (2018).
His work is in the following collections:MAS Santander, MACBA Barcelona, Spain; MOMA Warsaw, Poland; Collection Alain Servais, Belgium; Collection Lemaître, France; Collection Teixeiras da Freitas, Portugal. He received GAC Award by MACBA (2012).
Ovation, 2013-2018 (still, detail)
Seven Channel video installation, colour, sound, various lengths
Courtesy of the artist and adn galeria, Barcelona