Melissa Leandro (Miami, FL) is an artist who works between the media of drawing, painting, and textiles.
She received her BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Leandro's woven and embroidered surfaces explore her composite cultural identity through means of intuitive mark-making. Reflecting on her past and present travels, she considers the impact of these environments on the fragmentation of identity and place.
Leandro was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship and EAGER Grant (Shapiro Center), both for her studio work at SAIC. Leandro has attended ACRE Residency (Wisconsin), Roger Brown House Residency (Michigan), and TextielLab (The Netherlands). She has exhibited throughout the US at the Chicago Cultural Center; Efrain Lopez Gallery; Andrew Rafacz Gallery; Arts Incubator; University of Chicago; The Franklin; Gallery 400; Union League Club Chicago; Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI; N A W A, New York, NY; ArtSeen Gallery & Flagler Art Space, Miami FL; and internationally at the Central Museum of Textiles, Łódź, Poland.