Melissa Leandro ((b. 1989, Miami, FL) is an artist who works between the media of drawing, painting, and textiles.
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 (2017) and EAGER Grant for research and collaboration (2016, Shapiro Center), both for her studio work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). As well as a Luminarts Fellowship (2017) from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, Union League of Chicago.
Leandro has attended ACRE Residency,Wisconsin, Roger Brown House Residency, Michigan, The Weaving Mill, Chicago and TextielLab, The Netherlands. She holds a BFA and MFA from SAIC and is currently working at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as Assistant Director of Fiber Material Studies Facilities. Melissa Leandro is represented by Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago, IL.