Melina Cossío is based out of 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 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 management, her art kept calling her.
So in, 2003 - 2007, Melina moved to 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 Santiago de Chile. To further her passion in art she continues her studies of 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 Mississauga, Canada; where she has participated in several private exhibitions at Visual Art Mississauga, RAW showcase, Lambton Heritage Museum, Summer and Grace Art gallery, a private exhibition of her work with singer Arlene Paculan and won recently a bronze award at Camelback gallery. Currently, she focuses on showcasing her art at shows and commissions for landscapes and Oil portrait paintings.
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 is known for her exploration of the beauty in life and nature through her vibrant oil paintings. Taking pictures from her surroundings helps her bring out her creative side. Melina creates a soothing and inviting atmosphere in her works, using various styles and techniques, often incorporating vivid colors and intricate brushstrokes. Her process sees her begin with an abstract base of gestural lines and shapes, which she then builds upon using a combination of traditional brushwork and sponge. With her artwork, Melina escapes life's daily stresses and instead brings an appreciation of the beauty that we can find in the world.
Melina’s hope is for the collector 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.