Melissa Godoy Nieto is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City, born and raised in Mexico.
Drawing and painting are Melissa’s primary practices, also used as dominant instruments for expanding into various formats such as performance, installation, sculpture, and video.
In her work she investigates the relationship between experiences, feelings, unconscious thoughts, interpretations, and reality. As a multidisciplinary artist, each project is a chapter of an exploration of her fragmented identity and different expressions of the self.
Melissa uses imagery to express her various interests: Nature and reconnecting to our environment through artistic practice; Music and developing her visual interpretations; Psychological Processes like night-dreams and daydreaming; as well as Symbols and Traditions from different cultures.
Her work takes form by layering and experimenting with the mix of materials, using vibrant areas of color dialoguing with dark ink, and the repetition of figurative shapes and symbols that become abstract motifs.
Melissa expands her practice through collaborations and by developing new work in different countries.
Artist Residencies are an active part of her development. She was the guest Artist-in-Residence at Waaw Residency in Senegal, where she joined a group of drummers in Guet Ndar to learn about Sabar the traditional drumming and dancing of Wolof people. Isolated in a house in Fire Island, she created drawings based on the patterns and direction of Monarch butterflies as they passed by the National Park during her Artist Residency. While in Espronceda Center for Art & Culture in Barcelona, she drew the dreams she was having overnight everyday during a 5 week-long residency. At her Artist in Residency in Colombia, she lived in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and lead two mural workshops with students, painting a room and a facade of their recently flooded and rebuilt elementary school.
Melissa’s work has been exhibited and performed in galleries and art shows such as Spring/Break Art Show NYC, BAM Art Auction, Salon ACME Mexico City, BRIC House NYC, Knockdown Center NYC, Pictoplasma Berlin Germany, The NARS Foundation NYC, MARCO Museum of Contemporary Art Monterrey Mexico, Espronceda Center for Art and Culture Barcelona, and Musée Régional d'art Contemporain Sérignan, France.
She holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, NY