Adrian Melis

Havana, Cuba, 1985, currently lives in Barcelona.

Adrian Melis takes as a starting point the current socio-economic circumstances in Cuba and in Europe. Based on issues such as unemployment, bureaucratic inefficiency and political corruption, the artist creates mechanisms in which the stories of third parties are integrated into the execution of his work. Its methodology introduces ironic and absurd qualities into the works, while allowing the manifestation of certain elements through their absence. Inspired by the lack of motivation and productivity in Cuba, Melis also experiences creating feasible temporary employment opportunities, both in his home country and in Europe.

Melis graduated in 2010 from ISA, Havana, Cuba. He obtained a residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam between 2014 and 2015. Among the individual exhibitions of Adrian Melis are Selective Memory, in ADN Galeria, Barcelona (2018); Absolute silence does not exist, Cerezales Foundation, León (2018); Surplus Production Line, ADN Gallery, Barcelona (2015); STOCK, MAS – Museum of Modern Art of Santander (2013); New Production Structures, ADN Galeria, Barcelona (2012) that received the GAC award for the best exhibition in the gallery of Barcelona; The Value of Absence, Kunsthalle Basel (2013). His work is present in public and private collections, including: MAS Santander (Spain), MACBA Barcelona (Spain), Collection Alain Servais (Belgium), Collection Lemaître (France), Collection A. de Galbert (France), Collection Teixeiras da Freitas (Portugal).