Mélissa Boukaia was born in Belgium in Uccle where she lived until she was 3 years old and then moved to the Paris region.
Both her grandfathers were painters and had a great love for colours and materials.
At the age of 17, she entered a graphic design school in Paris 17 in 1996 and graduated in 2001 with a degree in graphic design. She was passionate about all manual work.
As a mother of three boys, she devoted herself to her children for a long time and also worked with her pharmacist husband : she was exclusively in charge of management.
As she approached forty, she returned to her first love : painting. She went through several fields of painting : pop art, mandala, abstract, landscapes… Painting represents for her a kind of therapy, a well-being, a way to bring out things from the present or the past.
Her main technique is acrylic, she likes to test different supports such as mirror, plexiglass, cardboard, canvas… A lot of tests of colours and materials, all sprinkled with glitter and gold or silver chips for all her abstract paintings.
What characterises her work the most is its diversity:
This artist needs variety to enjoy and have fun.
Several exhibitions to her credit:
- Peru in 2016 and 2017
- Essars les bethunes, Pas-De-Calais in 2016 and 2017
- Toutry, Côte-d’Or in 2016 and 2017
- Ecuador in 2017 and 2020
- Zoom Art magazine exhibition at 59 rue de Rivoli in Paris in 2020
- Ephemeral shop in Rueil-Malmaison in 2020 and 2021
- The Kibélé in 2021
- Saint Mandé in 2021
- Creation of the association ART PASSION
- Espace7 in Bastille in 2021
- Carré à la farine in January 2022
Follow her on instagram @mel.b_pop_art and on www.artistepeintremelb.com
Exhibition catalogue : click here.