Artist’s Biography

Melissia Fernander has fused  dichotomies and contrasts into her sense of the world since childhood.  Her influences are both classically American and broadly international. Growing up in the Midwest, she escaped into pop culture while living within the framework of entrepreneurial values of her immigrant step parents.

Creativity manifested itself during her teens. While in high school, Melissia started a custom ski wear business, creating designs and importing garments from Korea. She played the cello and toured Europe, performing with orchestras. Always heavily influenced and energized by pop culture, the exploding punk phenomenon in Detroit provided a platform to experiment with the expressive arts.

While studying Economics and Film at The University of Michigan, Melissia employed her passions for live music, art and fashion as an art critic for Ann Arbor newspapers.

Her life in the arts has encompassed music performance, art criticism, creative writing, and fashion.  Her  work in conceptual art is the incarnation of her diverse world view.

Jennifer Saffran
Harvard University



Curriculum Vitae

Public Commissions:

Georgia State University, Robinson College of Business “Global Partners” commission October 2014


Solo Exhibitions                                                                      

East Atlanta Public Library June 2013

Snellville City Hall August 2013


 Group Exhibitions

Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition, Decatur, GA June 2017

SGCI, Printmakers Convention, Atlanta, GA March 2017

Women’s Works, Woodstock, IL March 2017

Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA January 2017

University of North Carolina Wilmington, October 2016

Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA September 2016

Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA July 2016

Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition, Decatur, GA June 2016

Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA February 2016

Mint Gallery “Leap Year”  Finalist, Atlanta, GA July 2015

Atlanta Printmaker’s Studio, Atlanta, GA August 2014

Atlanta Printmaker’s Studio, Atlanta, GA September 2014

Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition, Atlanta, GA April 2013

Mint Gallery “Leap Year” Finalist, Atlanta, GA June 2013