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  1. Melanie Ubaldo (b. 1992, Philippines) is an Icelandic artist based in Reykjavik.

    Ubaldo creates monuments to her unbelonging. Her works are an exercise in linguistic vulnerability where image and text are inextricably linked through deconstructionist paintings incorporating text with graffiti like vandalism oftentimes of her own crude experiences of others preconceptions, thus exposing the power of immediate unreflected judgment.The point of departure in her work is how identity is constructed, transformed and expressed through language and in doing so attempts to break down and question socially transfixed roles and the process of social integration/marginalization of difference. 

    She is a co-founder of Lucky 3, a collective of Icelandic artists of Filipino origins.

  2. CV

    Education:

    2020- Currently studying MA Fine Arts, Iceland University of the Arts

    2013-2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Iceland University of the Arts

    2015 Universität der Künste Berlin, Erasmus exchange, Germany

    2009-2011 Fjölbrautaskólinn í Breiðholti, Art Major

    2007-2009 Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð, IB Studies

  3. Solo Exhibitions:

    Upcoming 2023 Solo exhibition, Gallery Gudmundsdottir, Berlin, Germany                                   

    Upcoming 2022 Solo exhibition, Þula, Reykjavik, Iceland 

    Ongoing June 2021 - December 2021, En þú ert samt hvítasta dökka manneskja sem ég þekki, Gallerí Skilti / Gallery Sign, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2020 What are you doing in Iceland with your face?, Inclusive Public Space - Reykjavik City Library, Iceland

    2015 litla sæta asíska stelpan, Kubburinn, Iceland Academy of the Arts

    2015 roll a week,Gallerí Tukt, Hitt Húsið, Reykjavik

  4. Group Exhibitions/Activities:

    Upcoming June 2022 Group exhibition with Platform Gátt, Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum, Iceland 

    Upcoming October 2021, Lucky 3 for Sequences X, Sequences Real Time Art Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2021 Community of Sentient Beings, Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

    2021, Ertu búið að borða? Did you eat already? Nikaon na ka?, Lucky 3 for LungA Art Festival, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

    2021 GERÐUResque, Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum, Iceland

    2021 Berskjölduð/Unarmed, Listasafn Reykjanesbæjar, Reykjanesbær, Iceland

    2020 Hæ, can you hear me?, Iceland University of the Arts, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2020 Ég læt ekki spila með mig/I won't let them fool me, Verksmiðjan á Hjalteyri, Hjalteyri, Iceland

    2020 Vestur í bláinn, Mjódd, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2019-2020 Lucky Me? Kling og Bang, Marshall House, Reykjavik Iceland

    2019 Reacción A Islandia, Pavilion Nordico, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    2019 Fögnum fjölbreytileikanum-Barnamenningarhátið, Collaborative artist, Gerðasafn - Kópavogur Art Museum, Iceland

    2018-19 Inclusively Exclusive - Cycle Music and Arts Festival, Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum, Iceland

    2018 Cryptopian States - Cycle Music and Arts Festival, Residence of the Ambassador of Iceland to Germany, Berlin, Germany

    2017 Málverk- ekki miðill/Painting- Not a Medium, Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

    2017 Slæmur félagsskapur / Bad Company, Kling & Bang, Marshall House, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2016 Ytri Höfnin, BA Graduation Show, Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2016 NO SOLO, Skaftfell Center of Visual Arts, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

    2016 Being Boring, recreation of Baldessari’s I will not make any more boring art, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2011 Graduation Exhibition, Gerðuberg, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2010 Student Exhibition, Gallerí Tukt, Hitt Húsið, Reykjavik, Iceland

  5. Grants/Awards

    2020 Myndstef/The Icelandic Visual Art Copyright Association, Project grant

    2020 Myndlistarsjóður/The Icelandic Visual Arts Fund, Project grant

    2020 Listamannalaun, Artist salary, Artists' Salary Fund

    2019 Myndlistarsjóður/The Icelandic Visual Arts Fund, Project grant

    2019 Myndstef/The Icelandic Visual Art Copyright Association, Project grant

  6. Other 

    2020- Board member of the artist run gallery Kling & Bang, Reykjavik