Melissa Matthews is a 31 year old, Brooklyn, NY born and bred, Trinidadian artist.  She holds a BFA in Painting from Howard University in Washington DC. Most of her work is mixed media with a penchant for digital drawing and collage. Melissa is currently living and working primarily in Trinidad, W.I. As a first generation American, her work often deals with the duality of living between two cultures.

The current and recurrent themes within her work are the politics, irony, humour, love and violence of everyday life  in specific places in the world. The artist often refers to her work as “ex-pat art” because her perspective is shaped mainly by being both insider and outsider in her two homelands.