Melissa Melero was born in San Francisco, CA in 1974 and spent most of her childhood living near Reno, Nevada. She is a Northern Paiute enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe located in Fallon, Nevada. Melero 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, Melero returned to Reno, NV, working part time in arts administration and as a professional artist. 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 the 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.”