Short Biography:

Adrian Melis (Havana, Cuba,1985) takes as his starting point current socio economic circumstances in Cuba as well as in Europe and considers how the shifting status quo affects the lives of individuals and furthermore the ways in which societies operate within their framework. Drawing from issues of unemployment, bureaucratic inefficiency, corporate as well as political corruption he creates mechanisms in which third parties’ experiences and stories are integrated in the production or execution of his work. His methodology instills within the works ironic and absurd qualities, meanwhile allowing for elements of absence, either formal or symbolic to manifest. Inspired by the lack of motivation and productivity in Cuba, Melis also experiments with creating feasible temporary employment opportunities both at home and in Europe.

Adrian Melis is based between Cuba and Europe. He is a former resident at the Rijksakademie van Beldeende Kunsten of Amsterdam (2014/2015). In 2010 he graduated from the University of Art (ISA) in Havana, Cuba and between 2006/2008 participated at the Catedra of Behavioural Art directed by Tania Bruguera.

Since 2010 his work has been represented by ADN Galeria in Barcelona where he has had three solo shows since: Selective Memory (2018), Surplus Production Line (2015), Time To Relax (2013) and New Production Structures (2012). The first two exhibitions that took place in 2012 and 2013 received the Award Art Nou by the Association of Galleries in Barcelona and the GAC Award for Best Exhibition in a Private Gallery in Barcelona, respectively.

Selected solo shows include: Absolute silence does not exist, Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia (Cerezales, Spain), The Value of Absence, Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland); STOCK, Museum of Modern Art, MAS (Santander, Spain).



Rijksakademie van Beldeende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

University of Arts (ISA) Havana, Cuba

Degree from the Chair of Arte Conducta, Havana, Cuba

San Alejandro, Fine Arts Academic, Havana, Cuba

Group Shows:

Loop Art Fair 2019, Adn Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
Cubical Fever, Studio Trama34, Barcelona, Spain
Pourquoi faire; pourquoi faire, ETE78, Brussel, Belgium
5994 is just a number, Adn Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
Af-Fair #2, Studio Trama34, Barcelona, Spain
The Golden Age of Cuban Video Art, The Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal, Canada
After leaving-before arriving, Kaunas Biennale, Kaunas, Lithuania
Survival Kit, Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, curated by Ángels Miralda, Riga, Latvia
Anatomy of Political Melancholy, curated by Katerina Gregos, Athens Conservatory, Greece
I'm always in the other, curated by Beral Madra, Agah Uğur Collection, Museum Evliyagil, Turkey
No habrá nunca una puerta. Estás adentro, Teixeira de Freitas Collection, curated by Luiza Teixeira, Sala de Arte Santander, Madrid

On/Off. Ciclo de artistas cubanos, Maison Européenne de la photographie, Paris, France
Video Art in Latinoamerica, LAXART, Los Angeles, USA
Salon de Arte Contemporaneo, CDAV, Havana, Cuba
Art Weekend program, curated by Direlia Lazo, Habana, Cuba
You&I, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa
Image du monde laborieux, Art Digital Center, Paris, France
Open Form, curated by Denise Araouzou, Athens, Greece
Post-Peace, curated by Katia Krupennikova, Nest, The Hague, Netherlands
Ciutat de Vacances, Museu d´Art Modern I Contemporani de Palma
Rumors of Glory, Basis, Frankfurt, Germany
Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
Videocreation in Cuba, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin TX
Post-Peace, Würtembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Curated by Katia Krupennikova, Stuttgart, Germany
First Day of Good Weather, Latin American Art, Coceived by Despacio, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany
Belief in the power of Gesture, Projektraum LS44, Berlin, Germany
Valor de Uso, Centro Wilfredo Lam, curated by Danielo Villegas and Laura de la Colina, Havana, Cuba
Post-Peace, curated by Katia Krupennikova, Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
Intérims (Art contre emploi), La Panaceé, Montpellier, France

CPH: MARKET, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
Creating Common Good, curated by Robert Punkenhofen in coopertaion with Zaida Trallero and Ursula Maria Probst, Vienna Art Week, Viena, Austria
Kamarado, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
The as-if-principle, curated by Sabine Winkler, Magazin4–Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregnez, Austria
Tener que Sentir, Colección Los Bragales Arte Contemporáneo, Gijón, Spain
The As-If-Principle, Magazin4 - Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria
Tedium Vitae: On Mediation, ADN Platform, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona
La distancia adequada, a 5 video project curated by Alexandra Laudo, Fundació Suñol, Barcelona, Spain
Popposition OFF-Fair (Servais collection), Brussels, Belgium
O que você vê nao o que você percebe, Emma Thomas Gallery, Sao Paolo, Brasil
Atopolis, Manège de Sury, supported by the WIELS contemporary art centre Mons, Belgium
Engagements, Poitiers Museum, Poitiers, France
Everything Was Forever: Until It Was No More, Akinici Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group Show, D+T Project Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Occupying Building, Thinking: Poetic and Discursive Perspectives on Contemporary Cuban Video Art (1990-2010), University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL.
Jetztzeit, Centre d´art la Panera, Lleida, Spain
In the heart of the country, The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland
EspaiDos, Terrasa, Spain
Artlab, Queens Museum of Art, New York
Casa Solleric, Fundació Palma, Espai d´Art, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Arte Útil, curated by Tania Bruguera y DEMOCRACIA Off Limits, Madrid, Spain
Experience Pommery #9 - La Fabrique sonore, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France.
Auditorium Moscow, A Sketch for a Public Space, Belie Palaty, Moscow, Russia
Somewhere Else, curated by Direlia Lazo, Galeria Noguerasblanchard, Barcelona, Spain
How To Work (More for) Less, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
How To Work, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Temor y deseo de ser devorados, Bòlit Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Girona, Spain

Residencias Batiscafo, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, Cuba
Per Diem, Betonsalon, Paris, France
Atmósfera, Teatro Bertold Brecht, La Habana, Cuba
Factoría Habana 10 bienal de La Habana, La Factoría, La Habana, Cuba
Evento teórico 10 bienal de La Habana, I.S.A., La Habana, Cuba
Arte, salud y sociedad, 10 bienal de La Habana, Hospital  psiquiátrico de La Habana, La Habana, Cuba
Estado de excepción, 10 bienal de La Habana, Galería Habana, La Habana, Cuba
Octava muestra de nuevos realizadores, ICAIC, La Habana, Cuba
Presentación de audiovisuales, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina
Video experimental y video arte: Artistas de Cuba, Museo de Antioquia,  Medellín, Colombia
7mo Festival Internacional de Cine Pobre de Humberto Solas, Gibara, Holguín, Cuba
Salud Mental, Hospital psiquiátrico, La Habana, Cuba
8va Muestra de Jóvenes Realizadores, ICAIC, La Habana, Cuba
Salón de arte contemporáneo, Centro de Desarrollo, La Habana, Cuba

Movimientos socialistas, Bienal de Beijing, Beijing, China
Inventario, Fundación Ludwing de Cuba, La Habana, Cuba
3ra Muestra de audiovisuales, Visitaciones al héroe, variaciones de la duda, Sala Zero, Alianza Francesa, La Habana, Cuba
2da Muestra de audiovisuales, Sala Zero, Alianza Francesa, La Habana, Cuba
Presentación del proyecto “Bueno, Bonito y Barato”, CLOSE-UP, Mexico City, Mexico
Ni a favor ni en contra, Facultad de artes y Letras, La Habana, Cuba
Rescribible, Taller Arte de Conducta, house of Tania Bruguera, La Habana, Cuba

Art Fairs & Festivals:

IFFR Roterdam Festival, The Netherlands
LOOP, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain

ARCO Madrid, ADN Galeria, Madrid, Spain

ArtBrussels, ADN Galeria, Brussels, Belgium

LOOP, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
ARCO Madrid, ADN Galeria, Madrid, Spain

FIAC Officielle Art Fair, ADN Galeria, Paris, France
Artissima Art Fair, ADN Galeria, Turín, Italy
ArtBrussels, ADN Galeria, Brussels, Belgium
ARCO Madrid, ADN Galeria, Madrid, Spain


Art Nou by Abe (Association of Galleries from Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain

Award GAC for the best exhibition in 2012 in a private gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Bueno, Bonito y barato group show, awarded by Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, Spanish Embassy, Cuba

Selected group shows: Anatomy of Political Melancholy, Athens Conservatory, curated by Katerina Gregos, Athens (Greece); Video Art in Latinoamerica, LAXART, Los Angeles (USA); Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou Paris (France); Bread and Roses, Museum of Modern Art of Warsaw (Poland); Atopolis, Manège de Sury and WIELS contemporary Art Centre Mons (Belgium), How To Work, Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland), Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (Ukraine), Forms of Distancing, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz (Austria); Untitled (two takes on crisis), de Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Artlab, Queens Museum of Art, New York (USA); Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, MoMA, New York (USA), 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (China).
His work has been included in several art fairs including: ARCO Madrid, LOOP Barcelona, ArtBrussels, Artissima, FIAC Officielle Art Fair, VOLTA10.

His work is in private and public collections, including: MAS Santander (Spain), MACBA Barcelona (Spain), Collection Patrick Chiche (Belgium), Collection los Bragales, Jaime R. Sordo (Spain), Collection Alain Servais (Belgium), Collection Lemaître (France), Collection A. de Galbert (France), Collection Teixeiras da Freitas (Portugal)

Solo Shows:

2768. 23,53. 8. 6 000 000. 57%. 1000, Pori Art Museum, Finland [upcoming]

Selective Memory, Adn Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
Land of Plenty, El Apartamento gallery, Havana, Cuba

Selected Works, High Line, curated by Melanie Kress, New York, USA
Absolute silence does not exist, curated by FCAYC and Denise Araouzou. Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia, León, Spain
Empty Page, Kunstlehrstuhl Baden, Baden, Switzerland

No Admittance, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, Holland
Surplus Production Line, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
Adrian Melis, Project Space Festival, Centrum, Berlin, Germany

Time to Relax, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
The Value of Absence, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Dreams Production Plan, EspaiDos, Terrassa, Spain

STOCK, Museum of Modern Art (MAS), Santander, Spain
New Structures of Production, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain

Otro amanecer en el trópico, Contemporary Cuban artistic practices, curated by Tereza de Aruda,
Stiftung Reinbeckhallen Sammlung für Gegenwartskunst, Berlin, Germany
Ola Cuba, Lille, France
Chi Utopia mangia le mele, curated by Adriana Polveroni and Gabriele Tosi, Soprintendenza archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio Verona, Rovigo e Vicenza, Corte Dogana, Verona, Italy
Art Souterrain festival 2018, LABOR IMPROBUS, Montreal, Canada
Arco Madrid art fair, Madrid, Spain

Connecting Cuba, De Balie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Todas las vidas, X Bienal Centroamericana, San José, Costa Rica
Crisis of Presence, curated by Luigi Fassi, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland
The Agony and the Ecstasy: Latin American art in the collections of Mallorca: a review based on Contemporaneity. Curated by Nekane Aramburu.
Es Baluard Museu d´Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma. Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Teesside World Exposition of Art and Technology, MIMA, Middlesbrough, UK
No One Belongs Here More Than You, Despacio, San José, Costa Rica
Yes I can! Curated by Sébastien Planas, Centre d´art contemporain Walter Benjamin, Perpignan, France
MACBA Collection31, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain.
Untitled (two takes on crisis), de Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Groupe Mobile, curated by Mélanie Bouteloup & Virginie Bobin, VilleVassilieff, Paris, France
Kamarado, co-curated by Zasha Colah, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai & New Delhi, India
Hors Pistes: Une autre mouvement des images - L’art de la révolte, Centre Pompidou, Málaga, Spain
Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Experiencias 6, Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporaneo de Santander, Santander, Spain
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016, Rotterdam, Holland
Bread and Roses, MOMA Museum of Modern Art of Warsaw, Poland

Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, MoMA, New York, USA
RijksakademieOPEN, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Permanent Playfullness, curated by Camilla Barella, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brasil
10th Shanghai Biennale, curated by Anselm Franke, Shanghai, China
Forms of Distancing, Steirischer Herbst festival, Graz, Austria
Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine
In Search of Lost Time, curated by Ronit Eden, Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, Holland
Economie Humaine, HEC École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris, France
Frestes - Trienal de Artes de Brasil, Sorocaba, Sâo Paulo, Brasil.
Barcelona Inspira, Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc, Barcelona, Spain
Ibi et Nunc: Sobre paradójicas democráticas, curated by Imma Prieto, Fabra i Coats Centre dʼArt Contemporary, Barcelona, Spain
Activaciones, Neue Gallerie, curated by Karin Jaschkem Innsbruck, Austria
Habitar, Construir, Pensar. Poéticas y perspectivas discursivas en el Videoarte Cubano Contemporáneo (2000-2012), Havana, Cuba
Espacio de Creación Contemporánea ECCO, curated by Dennys Matos and Iván de la Torre, Amerighi Cádiz, Spain

Fuck Off o pá la pinga con todo, Bienal de la Habana, La Habana, Cuba
Arte40 Prize, selected artists. c arte c, Centro Arte Complutense, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

XXXI Bienal de Pontevedra, Universidad de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Urban Research, Festival Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany
II.Festival Internacional Cine Cubano de Munich, Munich, Germany

Curadores go home, Espacio Aglutinador, La Habana, Cuba
Inventarios, Fundación Ludwig de Cuba, La Habana, Cuba
Le Fresnoy Habana Remix, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba
7ma Muestra de Jóvenes Realizadores, La Habana, Cuba
Tour, Madrid, Spain
El Reparto, galería Ciudades del Mundo, La Habana, Cuba

Bueno, Bonito y Barato, private house, La Habana, Cuba
Presentation to the 9th Bienal de la Habana, Taller Arte de Conducta, house of Tania Bruguera, La Habana, Cuba

Untitled, ADN Galeria, Miami, USA
Artissima Art Fair, ADN Galeria, Turín, Italy
ArtRio, ADN Galeria, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
VOLTA10, ADN Galeria, Basel, Switzerland
LOOP, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
ARCO Madrid, ADN Galeria, Madrid, Spain

ArtBrussels, ADN Galeria, Brussels, Belgium
ARCO Madrid, ADN Galeria, Madrid, Spain

Swab, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
LOOP, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain

Selected collections:

MAS Santander, Spain
MACBA Barcelona, Spain
Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej – Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw Poland
Collection Patrik Chiche, Belgium
Collection los Bragales, Jaime R. Sordo, Spain
Collection Alain Servais, Belgium
Collection Lemaître, France
Collection A. de Galbert, France
Collection Teixeiras da Freitas, Portugal