Adrian Melis (Havana, Cuba,1985) takes as his starting point current socioeconomic circumstances in Cuba as well as in Europe and considers how the shifting status quo affects the lives of individuals and furthermore the ways in which societies operate within their framework. Drawing from issues of unemployment, bureaucratic inefficiency, corporate as well as political corruption he creates mechanisms in which third parties’experiences and stories are integrated in the production or execution of his work. His methodology instills within the works ironic and absurd qualities, meanwhile allowing for elements of absence, either formal or symbolic to manifest. Inspired by the lack of motivation and productivity in Cuba, Melis also experiments with creating feasible temporary employment opportunities both at home and in Europe.
Adrian Melis is based between Cuba and Europe. He is a former resident at the Rijksakademie van Beldeende Kunsten of Amsterdam (2014/2015). In 2010 he graduated
from the University of Art (ISA) in Havana, Cuba and between 2006/2008 participated at the Catedra of Behavioural Art directed by Tania Bruguera.
Since 2010 his work has been represented by ADN Galeria in Barcelona where he has had three solo shows since: Selective Memory (2018), Surplus Production Line (2015), Time To Relax (2013) and New Production Structures (2012). The first two exhibitions that
took place in 2012 and 2013 received the Award Art Nou by the Association of Galleries in Barcelona and the GAC Award for Best Exhibition in a Private Gallery in Barcelona, respectively.
Selected solo shows include: Absolute silence does not exist, Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia (Cerezales, Spain), The Value of Absence, Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland); STOCK, Museum of Modern Art, MAS (Santander, Spain).
Selected group shows: Anatomy of Political Melancholy, Athens Conservatory, curated by Katerina Gregos, Athens (Greece); Video Art in Latinoamerica, LAXART, Los Angeles (USA); Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou Paris (France); Bread and Roses, Museum of Modern Art of
Warsaw (Poland); Atopolis, Manège de Sury and WIELS contemporary Art Centre Mons (Belgium), How To Work, Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland), Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (Ukraine), Forms of Distancing, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz
(Austria); Untitled (two takes on crisis), de Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Artlab, Queens Museum of Art, New York (USA); Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, MoMA, New York (USA), 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai
His work has been included in several art fairs including: ARCO Madrid, LOOP Barcelona, ArtBrussels, Artissima, FIAC Officielle Art Fair, VOLTA10.
His work is in private and public collections, including: MAS Santander (Spain), MACBA Barcelona (Spain), Collection Patrick Chiche (Belgium), Collection los Bragales, Jaime R. Sordo (Spain), Collection Alain Servais (Belgium), Collection Lemaître (France), Collection A. de Galbert (France), Collection Teixeiras da Freitas (Portugal).