All About Mele
Mele was born Carmen Elena Florez Padron in Caracas, Venezuela in 1961. She grew up in Valencia, Venezuela and moved to Houston with her husband and children in 1989.
Mele Flórez-Avellán was born to create. From a very young age, Mele has been involved in all types of creative processes. Mele has successfully created works by sewing, quilting, drawing, clay sculpting, singing and composing songs (lyrics and music), writing (plays and musicals), acting, vocal arrangements, and her favorite creative form: painting with acrylics.
It’s no surprise that such a creative being found her specialty in painting portraits. Her father and grandfather were both excellent artists in their own right; Mele grew up watching her father’s resourcefulness in acheving some wonderful pieces even though he had no art education. Most of Mele’s collection of books includes all major art forms and it continues to grow.
Mele found in acrylic painting an appropriate medium for her rapid style. This lively artist has learned to manipulate the paint with various utensils: using stencil sponges as the first tools with which she experimented. Philip the Duck was painted entirely with sponges, she combined sponges and brushes to create Woodpecker in Flight. Her most recent works have been created with brushes, spatulas as well as her hands and fingers.
As detail-oriented as her father, and a great admirer of human beauty, Mele began drawing faces in her teen years, guided by her father’s books. Mele has now found acrylic paint to be a window from which she can express herself through human faces.
Painting large-scale portraits take up most of her time; Mele is extremely disciplined and dedicates her full attention to each work of art, creating commissioned paintings with love and confidence.
As Mele always says, “large is the best!”. Creating large-scale portraits has profoundly impacted this talented artist. “I love to see the details of the painting on a large scale and I get excited when I see the vibrant colors jumping off the canvas.”
Mele is as colorful a person as her paintings. Fun and happy, she always has a joke or humorous comment at hand. Mele transfers her vitality onto the canvas by applying unusual color combinations. “I love it when the models choose the colors for their portraits, I swim in a sea of colors thatI would never have imagined but surprisingly make a solid, vivrant and wonderful ensemble.”
Large-scale commissioned portraits are an open path which Mele enthusiastically journeys. Creating large scale portraits allows her to explore human beauty from up close. “Human beings are God’s most beautiful creation.”