Melissa Godoy Nieto (b. 1985 in Tijuana, Mexico, raised in Culiacan, Sinaloa) is an artist working in textiles, drawing, painting, installation, and performance. Her research-based approach delves into the relationship between the human experience and the environment, exploring the intricacies of cultural identity and belonging. Through her work, Melissa navigates the 'in between,' exploring the subconscious, identity, adaptation, transformation, and ecological conservation. Her mix of abstract and representational elements imbue her imagery with reflections on social, political, and environmental issues. 

Melissa has exhibited and performed internationally, including at Black Mountain College Museum ReViewing in Asheville NC, BAM Gala, Lilac Preservation Project in NYC, Material Art Fair Mexico City, NN Galeria Oaxaca City, Spring/Break Art Show NYC and LA, Salon Acme Mexico City, Winston-Salem University NC, BRIC House Brooklyn, The NARS Foundation Brooklyn NY, MARCO Museum of Contemporary Art Monterrey Mexico, Pictoplasma Germany, and Musée Régional d’art Contemporain Sérignan. 

Melissa's exhibition "Waters Change, Colors Fade was featured in Atmos Magazine in 2021. Her largest textile work to date is currently on a world tour with the NYC-band Blonde Redhead.

One of many ways to stay connected with her heritage in the U.S., Melissa maintains a practice as a Spanish-English translator and interpreter. She has collaborated with Vice News, HBO, Vox Media, PBS, The Weekly, The New York Times, Hulu, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

She is currently based in New York City, and Oaxaca Mexico. 




Photo: Elisa Avendaño

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