Adrian Melis lives in Barcelona. Adrian Melis takes as his starting point current socioeconomic circumstances in Cuba as well as in Europe. Drawing from issues of unemployment, bureaucratic inefficiency, as well as political corruption, he creates mechanisms in which third parties’ stories are integrated in the execution of his work. His methodology instills within the works ironic and absurd qualities, meanwhile allowing for elements of absence to manifest. Inspired by the lack of motivation and productivity in Cuba, Melis also experiments with creating feasible temporary employment opportunities, both in his home country and in Europe.
In 2010 Melis graduated from the University of Art in Havana, Cuba. He is a former resident at the Rijksakademie of Amsterdam (2014/2015). Selected solo shows include: Selective Memory, ADN Galeria, Barcelona (2018); Absolute silence does not exist, Fundación Cerezales, León (2018); Surplus Production Line ADN Galeria, Barcelona (2015); STOCK, MAS – Museum of Modern Art, Santander (2013); New Production Structures, ADN Galeria, Barcelona (2012) which received the GAC Award for Best Exhibition in a Private Gallery in Barcelona; The Value of Absence, Kunsthalle Basel (2013). Selected group shows: Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); Bread and Roses, Museum of Modern Art of Warsaw (2015); Atopolis, Manège de Sury and WIELS contemporary Art Centre, Mons (2014); How To Work, Kunsthalle Basel (2012); FGAP, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2014); Untitled (Two Takes on Crisis), de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2016); Artlab, Queens Museum of Art, New York, (2014); 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2014). His works are in private and public collections, including: MAS Santander (Spain), MACBA Barcelona (Spain), Collection Alain Servais (Belgium), Collection Lemaître (France), Collection A. de Galbert (France), Collection Teixeiras da Freitas (Portugal).