Robert Melee

Robert Melee’s multi-media practice finds its psychological analogues in the blurring of beauty and grotesquerie, nostalgia, and critique. In so doing, Melee’s work suggests an underground or alternative narrative of how and why visual ideas develop; because Melee’s language draws in such a large part from the private realm of domestic environments, his work elicits emotional responses that are both uncannily familiar and disarmingly strange.


Melee was born in New Jersey and he lives and works in New York, NY. His exhibitions include White Cube and Sutton Lane, London; The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Milwaukee Art Museum; City Hall Park, NY; P.S.1, NY; New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT; The Sculpture Center, NY; Portugal Biennial, Lisbon; The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; The Kitchen, NY, among many others. His work has appeared numerous times in publications internationally including Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, Artforum, Modern Painters, Flash Art, The Village Voice, among others.

Born 1966; Lives and works in New Jersey and New York City.




1986 – 1990 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY




Robert Melee’s: Town and Country, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ


Semi-Quasi-Bower Recreational, Columbus School of Art + Design, Columbus, OH
Semi-Quasi-Bower Recreational, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY


ITS LAST MOVE, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL


A Dozen Roses, Higher Pictures, New York, NY


Triscuit Obfuscation, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY


Robert Melee, David Kordansky, Los Angeles, CA


Robert Melee, City Hall Park, New York, NY
Unshamelessfulnessly, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY


Robert Melee’s Poplar, Ingalls & Associates, Miami, FL


Robert Melee, Sutton Lane Gallery, London, England
In Between False Comforts, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY


Robert Melee, Art Statements, Art 34 Basel, Switzerland


You, Me and Her, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY


Units, Jay Jopling / White Cube, London, England
Unit, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY


Robert Melee Movies, Centre Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL


Robert Melee, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY


Baloneyism, Bravin Post Lee, New York, NY


White Room, White Columns, New York, NY




The Strangeness Will Wear Off, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL


No burden as heavy, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Body Talk, The Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


6s and 7s, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY


Colors, Louis B. James Gallery, New York, NY


Amerika, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Metabolic Bodies, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Outside the Lines: Rites of Spring, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX


More Young Americans, Hotel de Miramion, Paris
I Killed My Father, I Ate Human Flesh, I Quiver With Joy: An Obsession With Pier Paolo Pasolini, curated by Invisible-Exports, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY
Deep Cuts, curated by David Humphrey and Wendy White, Anna Kustera, New York, NY


hue and cry, curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Sotheby’s S/2 Gallery, New York, NY
Space Invaders, curated by Karin Bravin, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
I glove U, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond VA


Norfolk, Thierry Goldberg, New York, NY
Notes on Notes On Camp, Invisible Exports, New York, NY
With One Color, curated by Paul Frank McCabe, Van De Weghe Fine Art,New York, NY
Dust To Settle, Cuchifritos (New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City), New York, NY
Living Live, LGBT Center, New York


It’s All American, New Jersey MoCA, Asbury Park, NJ(curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Haley Mellin)
Portugal Arte 10, Portugal Biennial, Lisbon Portugal, (curated by Stefan Simchowiz) NY/Prague 6, Futura – Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud
Portugal Arte 10, Portugal Biannual, Lisbon, Portugal, Curated by Stefan Simchowitz
Lush Life, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY, Curated by Franklin Evans
Reel Subjects, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY


Arena Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico
Bad Habits, Albright-Know Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Curated by Heather Pesanti Glitterati, Headquarters, New York, NY, Curated by Thomas Woodruff and Aaron Cobbett
LOVER, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY, Curated by Kate Gilmore & Candice Madey
Glamour Bomb, Parlor Gallery, New Jersey, NJ
hit it big, Mason Gross School of the Arrs, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Wild Exaggeration, The Grotesque Body in Contemporary Art, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel


It’s Not Over Yet, Invisible-Exports, New York, NY
Looking Back, Mireille Mosler, Ltd. New York, NY
Mamma’s Boy, Comme il Faut Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel


Neointegrity, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Warhol and…, Kantor/Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Lath Picture Show, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
Artists’ Self-Portraits as Porn Stars, Circus of Books, West Hollywood, CA


The shape of jazz, Clifford Chance, Dinaburg Arts LLC, New York, NY
Lisa Kirk’s Greatest Hits, Wayward Canon, London


Painting the Edge, Galerie Do_Hyundai, Korea
Summer Group Show, Sutton Lane Gallery, London
Can I Get A Witness, Longwood Gallery, Bronx, New York, NY (curated by Dean Daderko)
Make It Now: New Sculpture in NY Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY


Currents 31 : Robert Melee, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI (curated by Stefano Basilico)


Mama’s Boy, White Columns, New York, NY (curated by Jane Harris)
The Outlaw Series, New York, NY (curated by Lisa Kirk)
Greetings from New York: A Painting Show, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
YOU, Royal Modern Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Lisa Kirk)
The TaDa Show, The Annex, New York, NY


The Longest Winter, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Monitor, Volume 2, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Flesh for Fantasy, Javogue & Ingalls Fine Arts, Miami Beach, FL
Family, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT (curated by Jessica Hough)
Wonderland, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium
Super-Heroes, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva, Switzerland
State of the Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY


American Spirituality, Audiello Fine Art, Inc. New York, NY
Skank, Plus Ultra, Brooklyn, NY


Exposure: Recent Acquisitions from the Doron Sebbag Art Collection, O.R.S.
Ltd, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Mount Miami, Tel Aviv Artists Studio, Tel Aviv, Israel
Achieving Failure: Gym Culture, collaboration with Meredith Danluck, the Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY (curated by Bill Arning)


Group Show, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL
Group Show, Cartervous & Time, Whales, UK


Sassy Nuggets, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Pet Shop, Nicholas Davies & CO, New York, NY


Gramercy Park Fair, New York, NY


Doggy Style, Space, New York, NY (curated by Rick Prol)
The Joy of Painting, curated by Alix Lambert, HERE, New York, NY
Maux Faux, Richard Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Summer Show, Richard Anderson Fine Arts, New York, NY


Dirty Birds, Wooster Gardens, New York, NY


7 Rooms, 7 Shows, P.S.1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
Neurotic Art Show, Artist Space, New York, NY


Home, Home For Contemporary Arts, New York, NY


Visual Art Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Steve Keister)




“David Castillo Gallery to present works by stellar group of artists at Art Basel Miami Beach”,, November 2018.
Uszerowicz, Monica. “When Artists Carry the Burden of History”, Hyperallergic, August 20, 2017.
Anania, Billy. “Pop-up photo studio opens on Asbury Park Boardwalk”,, September 1, 2016.
“Robert Melee: Semi-Quasi-Bower Recreational”, Columbus Underground, May 2016.
Moakley, Paul. “Mother’s Day: The Photographs that Moved Them Most”, Time Magazine, May 6, 2016.
Harris, Jane. “Robert Melee”, Art in America, April 22, 2016.
Schwendener, Martha. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week”, The New York Times, January 28, 2016.
Harris, Jane. “Mommy Dearest: An Interview with Robert Melee,” Huffington Post, December 8, 2014.
Artsy Editorial. “A Group Show Considers Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ and Otherness in Art,” Artsy, 2014.
Wilson, Siona. “Robert Melee, A Dozen Roses,” ArtReview, 2014.
Artsy Editorial. “Hybrid Bodies and Charged Narratives at David Castillo Gallery,” Artsy, Spring 2014.
“Robert Melee: This is For You,” 2013
McGarry, Kevin. “Jersey, Sure”. October 30.
Mendelsohn, John. “Robert Melee: The Magnetic Grotesque.” Sculpture Magazine. November. 2010
Ozuna, Tony. “New York state of mind.” Prague Post September 22
Vogel, Carol. “Inside Art, New in City Hall Park.” The New York Times Decenmber 19.2008
Rosenberg, Karen. “Rober Melee.” The New York Times November 7 2008.
Mama’s Boy, Comme Il Faut. Tel Aviv, Israel. Catalogue. 2008.
Smith, Roberta. “In These Shows, the Material Is the Message.” The New York Times August 10, 2007
Lopez-Chahud, Omar. “Robert Melee.” Zing Issue 21.
Saltz, Jerry.”Non-Specific Objects”. Modern Painters. March 2007.
Cotter, Holland. “The World Tour Rolls Into Town, Sprawling but Tidy.”
The New York Times 10 March 2006
Barliant, Claire. “Robert Melee.” ARTFORUM December 2005
Painting the Edge. Gallery Hyundai, Korea. Catalogue. 2005.
Objekt International. cover, p. 132. issue # 31. 2005
Harris, Jane. “Robert Melee In Between False Comforts.” Time Out NY 27 October – 2 November 2005
Webster, Peter. “Robert Melee, A Blissfully Impudent Artist Finds Contentment in New Jersey.” New York Home November-December 2005.
Young, Stephanie. “Dark Laughter.” Blender Magazine Fall/ Winter.
Genocchio, Benjamin.”Robert Melee Turned His Back on New York and
Gladly Moved To Asbury Park.”The New York Times 22 May.
Cotter, Holland, “A Different Kind of Never-Never Land.” The New York Times, 3 May 2005
White, Rodger. “Looking Good and Meaning Well.” n + 1. 2005
Johnson, Ken. “Adapting and Constructing in a Dizzly Changing World.”
The New York Times Friday, 24 September 2004.
Krenz, Marcel. “Adaptive Behavior.” Flash Art November – December 2004.
Auer, James. “‘Mommy’ will shock and entertain you.” Journal Sentinel July 2004.
Rodriguez, Liana. “Coming Attractions.” Loft Summer 2003.
Mack, Gerhard. “Messe der Rekorde.” Art: das Kunstmagazin No. 6 June 2003.
“Art Basel: Robert Melee, Her Curtains.” Beaux Arts Magazine No. 229 June 2003.
Robinson, Walter. “Basel ABC.” June 2003.
Marzahn, Alexander and Gerig, Karen N. “Das Reaktionsvermögen verblüfft schon vor dem Startschuss” Basler Zeitung 18 June 2003.
“The Aldrich Museum.” Tema Celeste August 2002.
Sims, Carol. “The Aldrich Takes on ‘Family’.” Antiques and Arts Weekly 14 June 2002.
Ocana, Damarys. “The Longest Winter.” The Miami Herald 6 October 2002.
Schwan, Gary. “Feel like chillin’?Take a cold, hard look at these exhibits.”The Palm Beach Post October 6 2002.
Sheffield, Skip. “‘The Longest Winter’ exhibit opens at FAU.” Boca Raton News 15 September 2002.
Saltz, Jerry. “Mommie Queerest”. The Village Voice. 25 September- 1 October.
“Robert Melee” The New Yorker 24 September 2002.
Cotter, Holland. “Robert Melee; You Me and Her.” The New York Times. 20 September 2002.
Brundage, Brita. “Disrobing the Family ” Fairfield County Weekly. May 23-29
“Family.” Antiques and the Arts Weekly 3 May 2002.
Luft, Scot. “University Galleries prepare for ‘Winter’ season.” Boca Raton Times.14 August 2002.
Tupohy, Laurel. “family.” The New-Times 7 June 2002.
Family. The Adlrich Museum. Catalogue. 2002.
Yablonsky, Linda. “Painting the Town.” Time Out New York 7-14 March 2002.
Smith, Roberta. “Brice Delsperger”. The New York Times. 8 March 2002.





Artist in Residence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ


Pollock-Krasner Award, New York, NY

The Strangeness Will Wear Off
No burden as heavy
Robert Melee: ITS LAST MOVE
Metabolic Bodies
Don’t Get High On Your Supply