Melissa Chimera

Melissa Chimera (b. 1972) is a conservationist and Honolulu native of Lebanese and Filipino ancestry. She studied Natural Resources Management and painting at the University of Hawai`i, a world epicenter for plant and animal extinction.

Chimera’s works contemplate the tipping point of human and environmental endangerment, where heaven and hell sometimes co-exist. Chimera raises questions about our human role in extinction and globalization. She juxtaposes the catastrophic implications of social and environmental change with a method grounded in formal elements of painting and treatment of canvas as textile.

Chimera keeps a studio in Maui. She is the recipient of local honors, awards international grants and commissions. In 2009, Chimera was commissioned with her mother Adele Ne Jame to create Inheritance: Reclaiming Land and Spirit, a poetry-painting collaboration for the Sharjah Biennial 9, United Arab Emirates. That same year she received a grant from RTMI University, Melbourne to accept the Chinese government’s invitation to join Moving Cultures, a group of Eastern and Western artists on a 2,000 mile train journey to make art. Chimera’s exhibtions include Saatchi Art and Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles (2014), Uri-Eichen Gallery, Chicago (2014), The Maui Arts and Cultural Center (2016, 2010, 2011), 1708 Gallery, Richmond (2009), GC Art Yard, Tibet (2009), and Orange Gallery in Guangzhou, China (2009).

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