Melina Merlin,(b. San Francisco, California) lives and works in London. She has a BSc in Political Science from Portland State University, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University. After a foundational year at Camberwell, in 2021 she began her BAFA at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she received the Bulgari Art Award in 2022.

As a social justice activist, Melina’s practice is rooted in assemblage drawing; her practice involves the collection of memories, histories, and stories to create varying realities.

Her work crosses mediums. She documents and reimagines her own life experiences; drawing stature and prestige to women and their lives whilst reconfiguring power structures.

selected exhibitions


Superhuman Expedition, Group Show, Art Hub Studios, London


The Soil Beneath My Feet, Solo Exhibition, Fazenda UK, London

A Space for Change, Meta Space Gallery, online

Doll, The House of Smalls, Chipping Campden, UK

The Fox and the Girl, Navigator North, Middlesbrough, UK

The NewEver Art Show, Phoenix Project Space, Brighton, UK

The Power of Colour, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

Drawing Open 2023–No Format Gallery, London, UK

Las Mujeres–North South, St James Annex, London, UK


Painting Open 2022— No Format Gallery, London, UK


Love. Naturally.— Moxie Raven Studio, London, UK Montages— 13 Upton Lane, London, UK

Locs: The Exhibition, Newham Black Heritage Month, London, UK

awards and residencies

  • Equity Scholar, 2021-2024
  • Warden’s Climate Award, 2022
  • Bulgari Art Award, 2022
  • Gold Award, 2022
  • Birth Rites Artist Residency, 2022

speaking panelist


Navigating Colour in today’s educational institutions. Wolverhampton Art School, Wolverhampton, UK.


Where’s the Money Come From? Goldsmiths, University of London.

selected publications

Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss from East London. Soundscape.



BA (Hons), Fine Art (First), 2024, Goldsmiths, University of London

Foundation, Fine Art (Merit), 2021, Camberwell, University Arts London

Juris Doctor, 2001, Golden Gate University, School of Law, CA, USA

BSc, 1997, Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA

contact: melinamerlin@protonmail.com