Melissa Misla is an emerging native New York artist whose works acknowledge both the loss and survival of culture through colonization, immigration, and gentrification. With a specific interest in the Puerto Rican diaspora in New York, she employs mixed media to create immersive works. Primarily using painting and collage in combination with animation and installation, her pieces use imagery related to the precarious nature of the home within a threatened community. Misla’s recent full gallery installation Apt.9D depicted an interactive Nuyorican apartment interior, which aimed to recontextualize the gallery space to reflect the duality of the Latinx experience.
Misla has a BFA, with the support of the first Kossok Fellowship Award, from Hunter College, and an MFA from Queens College. Her show in Jackson Heights with the artist collective NeoCreos held recognition by Remezcla and the Queens Tribune. She was awarded a CUNY Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center. Misla’s full gallery installation Apt.9D, featured in NY Latin Culture Magazine, depicted an interactive Nuyorican apartment interior. Select pieces have been exhibited by Plaxall Gallery and Aquarius Studios in Queens, with The Latinx Project, with The Heckscher Museum Emerging Artist Series, and with Praxis Gallery at Art Miami.