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I'm Marcelo de Melo, an artist and researcher based in Amsterdam

PhD Art Practice and Theory

My doctoral thesis explores the epistemic complexity of mosaic as an experimental system in contemporary fine art practice and criticism

Recent Exhibitions

11 May - 9 Jul 2023

Literal Cubism (Solo Exhibition)

Podium Mozaïek

Amsterdam, NL

Curated by Senad Alic

In Literal Cubism Marcelo de Melo presents a retrospective series of enfolded paintings exploring constructive notions of the pictorial space, referencing early modernist movements such as Cubism and Constructivism as well as Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism. Through the modulation of hundreds of independent units of composition, the artist revisits the grid as an organisational mode highlighting the intrinsic connection between ancient mosaic principles and recent digital technologies. The exhibition showcases a particular way of structuring images conflating notions of pre- and post-digital aesthetic in a playful manner.

10 Dec 2022 - 29 Jan 2023

Material Modulation (Solo Exhibition)

Kunstcentrum de Kolk

Spaarndam, NL

Curated by Johanna van Steen

Area of Expertise

My main area of expertise is mosaic practice and theory  

My research on the epistemic complexity of mosaic is unique in terms of re-establishing lost theoretical connections between an ancient additive methodology and current thought on artistic experimentation and multidisciplinary research. The analysis put forward by my doctoral thesis is relevant to current debates on digital aesthetics, design, sculptural practice and more importantly art education.

- Art Practice

- Artistic Research

- Art Historical Research

- Additive Synthesis of Colours

- Modulation & Digitality

- Sculpture Theory

- Assemblage & Mosaic Theory

- New Mosaic Materiality

Selected NFTs