Melissa Melero-Moose, mixed media painter
Melissa Melero-Moose was born in San Francisco, CA in 1974 and spent most of her childhood
living in Reno, Nevada. She is a Northern Paiute enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone
Tribe located in Fallon, Nevada and is also part Fort Bidwell Paiute and Modoc from California.
Melissa holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM and a Bachelor of
Science in Psychology and Fine Arts from Portland State University, Portland, OR. After spending
many years in the southwest and northwest part of the country, Melissa returned to Reno, NV in
2010 working as a professional artist and founder of the Great Basin Native Artists.
She has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM, the Nevada State Museum,
Nevada Museum of Art, and in select galleries throughout the U.S. Her current influences are imagery
found in the Nevada landscape, petroglyphs, beadwork, and basketry from her Native tribes of Nevada and
California. “I have the constant desire to create these images in my head and in the process these
works mesh into organic, caught in time objects of history and personal development.”
SAR Video by John Sadd
The Way We Live, Nevada Museum of Art
Video, SWAIA Luncheon 2010