Mel1 is a multi-lingual, Staten Island-born artist who spent ten years in Manhattan and Queens before moving to Los Angeles, CA in 2016.

Mel leverages the tenets of graffiti in her artwork as a way of reclaiming space and re-appropriating private v. public property. Her pieces are an irreverent and satirical take on culture and society. She draws from the DIY ethos of punk by using visual language to deliver socially and politically conscious messages to a wide audience. Her work is intentionally situational; it disavows social norms and challenges the viewer by using vandalism as high art to reclaim ideas, spaces and objects. 

Her work has been featured in galleries and on the streets of New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.