About Melissa Montiel

Melissa Montiel is a Philadelphia artist and gallerist working in a variety of mediums including oils, collage and graphite. In 2002 Montiel studied draftsmanship at the Barnstone Studios in Coplay, PA. In 2007, she received a Certificate in Printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and BFA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a part of the Philadelphia art community for 7 years. Most recently, she and her husband opened a tattoo studio and art gallery in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Her work is inspired by time and its effect on memory. Figures fade into the background, gently becoming a hazy distant memory. Utilizing a combination of collage, drawing and painting Montiel creates a haunting atmosphere that evokes nostalgia and a sense of lost time.