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

    Ubaldo creates monuments to unbelonging. Her artistic practice constitutes an examination of profound intersectionality by way of autobiography. Her works are characterized by vulnerable autobiographical narratives around racism, prejudice, power and discrimination. Using diverse media, her large scale installations address home, memory, poverty, displacement, immigration and identity. Despite the scale of her works, they simultaneously bring forth a delicate quality, mirroring the fragility and precariousness of their subject matter. 

    Alongside her solo practice, Ubaldo is a co-founder of Lucky 3, a collective of Icelandic artists of Filipino origins. 

    Contact: melanieherself@gmail.com

  2. CV

    Education:

    2020-2022 MA Fine Arts, Iceland University of the Arts

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

    2015 Universität der Künste Berlin, Erasmus exchange, Germany

  3. Solo Exhibitions:

    2023 - 2024 Afar ósmekklegt, Listasafnið á Akureyri, Akureyri, Iceland

    2023 TRAPO, Ásmundarsalur, Reykjavík, Iceland

    2023 Don't Come Crying To Me, Gallery Gudmundsdottir, Berlin, Germany                                   

    2022 Almost Perfect, Þula, Reykjavik, Iceland 

    2022 Talk Dirty to Me, Rýmd, Reykjavík, Iceland

    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:

    2023, LOS PRIMXS - Lucky 3 x Hugo Llanes, Local-Taller, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

    2023 Opnun, Y Gallery, Kópavogur, Iceland

    2022 Lucky 3 presents Kamayan, Goethe Morphe Iceland, The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2022 Við getum talað saman/We can talk, Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum, Iceland 

    2022 Undið af veruleikum/Unraveling realities - MA Graduation Show, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2022 Ertu héðan? KFUM & K, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

    2021-2022, Abrakadra - töfrar samtímalistar/ Abrakadabra - The Magic of Contemporary Art, Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2021 PUTI - Lucky 3 for Sequences X, Open, Sequences Real Time Art Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland

    2021 Samfélag skynjandi vera/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

    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

  5. Grants/Awards

    2024 Listamannalaun/Artist salary, Rannís - The Icelandic Centre for Research, Grant

    2023 Listamannalaun/ Artist salary, Rannís - The Icelandic Centre for Research, Grant

    2023 Myndlistarsjóður/The Icelandic Visual Arts Fund, Project grant

    2022 Myndlistarsjóður/The Icelandic Visual Arts Fund, Project grant

    2022 Lucky 3 - Motivational Award, Icelandic Art Prize, The Icelandic Visual Arts Council, Award

    2021 Svavar Guðnasson and Ásta Eiríksdóttir Memorial Fund, Grant/Award

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

    2020 Myndlistarsjóður/The Icelandic Visual Arts Fund, Project grant

    2020 Listamannalaun/ Artist salary, Rannís - The Icelandic Centre for Research, Grant

    2019 Myndlistarsjóður/The Icelandic Visual Arts Fund, Project grant

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

  6. Other 

    2022 Friends of Nýló Artist of the Year 2022

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