Marcelo de Melo
Marcelo José de Melo is a Brazil
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ian artist. He was born in Apucarana
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, Paraná
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, and lives and works in Amsterdam
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, the Netherlands. (Naturalised British in 2003).

Marcelo de Melo has been living in Europe since 1996. In Brazil, he worked in the theatre as a professional actor, lighting designer and stage manager. He took part in several productions for Teatro Guaíra
Teatro Guaíra
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, in Curitiba
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. Since his arrival in Europe he developed a keen interest in mosaic
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 art. From 1998 to 2005, he was based in Edinburgh
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, Scotland, where he carried out most of his mosaic production. He is best known for his ‘structural mosaic technique’ (tesserae used as structural elements as well as surface embellishment) and one of his structural works, called ‘Running Rug’ was awarded the Juror’s Prize at the SAMA - Earth Elements Exhibition in Miami in 2003. De Melo travelled worldwide visiting museums and archaeological sites in pursuit of his passion for mosaics and art in general. He went on a study trip to South East Asia in 2002/2003 and produced an article on mosaic art in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam published in Grout Magazine (BAMM - UK) and in A Tessela Brazilian Mosaic Magazine (AMPAP). He has exhibited in several countries including Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. Several of his works have been featured in books and magazines worldwide. His production is now varied ranging from sculptures to paintings and collages.

The book De Kunst van het Mozaieken (ISBN 9058777391) jointly written with Greet Weitenberg is his latest contribution to mosaics. It was published in the Netherlands in January 2010 by Forte Uitgevers BV.

"In the irreverent world of Marcelo de Melo, mosaics are a launching point for his ideas and perceptions. Pushing the boundaries of traditional techniques, de Melo uses materials only as a means to an end, that end being the impassioned request to stimulate the viewer to the thoughts beyond the physical piece." (JoAnn Locktov)


Marcelo's mosaics have been featured in:


Hunkin, Tessa. Modern Mosaic. Firefly Books, UK, 2003. ISBN 1552977013

Kelly, Sarah. The Complete Mosaic Handbook. Firefly Books, US, October 2004. ISBN 1552977749

Sonia King
Sonia King
Sonia King is a mosaic artist, author, movie writer and educator with studios in Dallas, Texas and San Francisco, California. She creates one-of-a-kind, fine art mosaics for gallery, architectural, community and residential settings. Her award-winning art is exhibited nationally and...

. Mosaic Techniques & Traditions. Sterling Publishing
Sterling Publishing
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, US, 2003. ISBN 0806975776

Locktov, JoAnn. Mosaic Art and Style. Rockport Publishers, US, March 2005. ISBN 1592531458

MacKay, Jill. Creative Garden Mosaics. Sterling Publishing
Sterling Publishing
Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. is a publisher of nonfiction titles, with more than 5,000 books in print. Founded in 1949, it publishes a wide range of nonfiction and illustrated titles in categories which include art, biography/autobiography, body/mind/spirit, crafts, culinary, do-it-yourself,...

/Lark Books: US, 2004. ISBN 1579905994

Mills, Theresa. The Mosaic Artist's Bible. Trafalgar Square Publishings: US, 2005. ISBN 1570762937

Mills, Theresa. Mosaic Basics. Barron's Educational Series
Barron's Educational Series
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. US, 2006. ISBN 0764159615

Pereira, Bea. Mosaico sem Segredos. Curitiba, Brazil, 2006

Wates, R. The Mosaic Decorator's Sourcebook. David & Charles
David & Charles
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: UK, 2001. ISBN 0715311395

Wates, Rosalind. The Mosaic Idea Book. North Light Books
North Light Books
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: US, 2000. ISBN 1581800959

Magazine Articles & Newspapers:

Baierl, S. Uma volta ao mundo do mosaico. In: MAO NA MASSA. São Paulo, Brasil, Oct. 2003. n. 10

Gonçalves, M. F. Palestra. In: CADERNO G - GAZETA DO POVO. Curitiba, Brasil, 10 abril 2003.

Gordon, G. Hands on. In: AT HOME - Scotland on Sunday
Scotland on Sunday
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. Edinburgh, UK, June, 2003.

Hunter, N. All broken up. In: HOME PLUS SCOTLAND. Edinburgh, UK, Nov/Dec. 2001.

Lauton, T. Mosaico, riqueza e perfeiçao nos detalhes. In: ARTE COM AS MAOS. São Paulo, Brasil, Sept. 2002. ed. 01

Punton, Allan. British Mosaic Art at the Brink. In: MOSAIC. Mosaic Art Assoc. in Japan: Tokyo, 2004. Nov.vol. 9

Rodinick, V. Quando mosaicar é como comer e dormir. In: ARTE COM AS MAOS. São Paulo, Brasil, Nov. 2002. ed. 02

San Martin, P. Estante de Ideias. In: ARTE COM AS MAOS. São Paulo, Brasil, 2005. ed. 20

Taj Mahal Review. Allahabad, India, December 2005. Vol. 4, n. 2

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