Melina Cossío is based out of Toronto, Canada. Born in Tapachula, Chiapas, México. She has travelled around the world to study and perfect her craft in stained glass sculpture and oil painting.
In 1993, while living in Guadalajara, México, Melina discovered that she had a gift for the arts as did the other students who commissioned her to complete their art homework assignments! As a teenager, she quickly became recognized for her murals and abstract art which led to her showcasing her work in art exhibitions.
Art as a profession was not an option for Melina when she left high school. She studied business administration from 1996 - 2000 at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG). Although, she excelled at business and investments, her art kept calling her.
So in, 2003 - 2007, Melina lived in Finland where she studied fine art at Ylöjärvi Institute and gained specialization in abstract and contemporary stained glass sculptures. During this time, she worked with prestigious Finnish artists, Tuula Lehtinen creating grand mosaic art installations in Tampere Pikkupalatsi using ceramic and Murano glass and with Matti Kuronen in an environmental art project Keinutori.
In 2007 – 2014, Melina learned how to weld metals to refine her stained glass sculptures in Santigao, Chile. To further her passion in art she studied oil painting and carbon drawing with Martin Soria at the Martin Soria Academy from 2007 – 2011. Here, she honed her portrait and figure drawing skills. Her success led to several art exhibits which featured her glass sculptures and oil paintings and she was commissioned to complete private works from all over the world.
Since 2014, Melina has been living and creating art in Toronto, Canada. She participated in a private exhibition of her work with singer Arlene Paculan. She is commissioned to complete portraits and landscapes.
Melina’s art has been inspired by Albert Edelfelt from Finland (1854 – 1905) who is a 19th Century painter known for his naturalistic style and realist approach to art. Melina’s art will be felt and not just seen. She creates sentimental art pieces that allow you to see feelings. They highlight how normal life is profoundly beautiful.
Melina’s hope is for the consumer to not just be drawn in by the objects or by the figures seen but by being in touch with the universality of the emotions we all feel and the atmosphere that inspired her to create the art piece.
Melina is fluent in Spanish, Finnish, and English.