Influenced by many artists from the Renaissance to living artists today, Fiorentino’s work is focused on figurative work and portraiture. Starting out drawing and painting in her teens, she has always been drawn to art from the Renaissance and likes to incorporate the symbolism and deep meaning of existence within her work. Mel has explored and stretched the boundaries of figurative painting, creating a highly diverse and distinctive body of work. She primarily works in oil and also mulls/mixes her own paint. Many of her works dabble within the realm of surrealism and realism, continuing to expand on the ideas she is representing within her work. She now lives and paints in her studio in Florida and also teaches painting and techniques in painting with oils at NOMA Gallery. Realism and spirituality are what you can find in Mel’s recent work beginning with her “Celestial Symbiosis” Exhibition with collaborator photographer Ralph Demilio in 2021. Her next upcoming exhibition “Origin” is scheduled in 2023. As Co-Director at NOMA Gallery, she is focused on her work, education and bringing new artists from around the world in the gallery.

Mel Fiorentino 

b. 1983

In her studio in Ocala, FL. 

figurative oil painter/instructor

Mel Fiorentino art

AWARDS

  • HONORABLE MENTION. PORTRAIT. ART SHOW INTERNATIONAL GALLERY. 2022
  • RUNNER-UP PRIZE AWARD. FIGURATIVE 4. ART SHOW INTERNATIONAL GALLERY. 2022
  • FINALIST. OIL PAINTING IAA AWARD INTERNATIONAL. CAMELBACK GALLERY. 2022
  • 3RD PLACE. PASSION. NOMA GALLERY. OCALA, FL. 2022
  • BEST OF SHOW. PLEASURES 2. MARION CULTURAL ALLIANCE. OCALA, FL. 2020
  • AWARD OF DISTINCTION. STUDENT EXHIBITION. WEBBER GALLERY. OCALA, FL. 2004
  • AWARD OF MERIT. STUDENT EXHIBITION. WEBBER GALLERY. OCALA, FL. 2003
  • FIRST PLACE. FAFO STUDENT COMPETITION. 2000
  • SECOND PLACE. FAFO STUDENT COMPETITION. 2000
  • SECOND PLACE. FAFO STUDENT COMPETITION. 1999



EXHIBITIONS

  • UPCOMING EXHIBITION "ORIGIN" 2023
  • CURRENT 2022. NOMA GALLERY. "LIFE & DEATH" GROUP EXHIBITION
  • 2022. NOMA GALLERY. "SUMMER IN THE SUN 2" GROUP EXHIBITION
  • 2022. NOMA GALLERY. "PASSION" GROUP EXHIBITION (3RD PLACE WINNER)
  • 2021. NOMA GALLERY. "VENUS RISING" GROUP EXHIBITION
  • 2021. NOMA GALLERY. "LIGHT AND SHADOW" GROUP EXHIBITION
  • 2021. NOMA GALLERY. "SUMMER IN THE SUN" GROUP EXHIBITION.  
  • 2021. NOMA GALLERY. "CELESTIAL SYMBIOSIS" EXHIBITION. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2020. PLEASURES 2.0, MARION CULTURAL ALLIANCE. OCALA, FL. (BEST OF SHOW WINNER)  
  • 2020. NOMA GALLERY. ARTCASTLE GROUP EXHIBITION. OCALA, FL.  
  • 2020. NUDE NITE. TAMPA & ORLANDO, FL. 
  • 2020. EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. ORLANDO, FL. 
  • 2019. MOUNT DORA CRAFT FAIR 2019. MOUNT DORA, FL. 
  • 2019. 35TH ANNUAL MELBOURNE ART FESTIVAL. MELBOURNE, FL. 
  • 2019. BOWIE & GLASS: A SYMPHONIC TRIBUTE. REILLY ARTS CENTER OCALA, FL. 
  • 2019. COUCH SESSIONS ARTIST FINALE, REILLY ARTS CENTER. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2019. NUDE NITE. TAMPA & ORLANDO, FL.  
  • 2019. 2019 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. ORLANDO, FL. 
  • 2018. ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL, OCALA, FL. 
  • 2018. OCALA ARTS FESTIVAL OCALA, FL. 
  • 2018. THE APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART, OCALA FL. 
  • 2018. COUCH SESSIONS, MUSICIAN & ARTIST SERIES. TAYLOR HOUSE. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2018. DISNEY SPRINGS “ARTS AND DRAFTS” HOUSE OF BLUES. ORLANDO, FL.  
  • 2018. THE MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE, JACKSONVILLE ORCHESTRA, TIMES UNION, JACKSONVILLE, FL. 
  • 2018. NUDE NITE. TAMPA AND ORLANDO, FL. 
  • 2018. FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK, OCALA FL. 
  • 2017. “ICONS, LEGENDS AND GODS” SOLO EXHIBITION. GATEWAY GALLERY. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2017. THE MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE, MAHAFFEY THEATER. ST. PETERSBURG, FL. 
  • 2017. NUDE NITE. TAMPA AND ORLANDO, FL. 
  • 2016. FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK OCALA, FL 
  • 2016. NUDE NITE. TAMPA AND ORLANDO, FL. 
  • 2015. EN.VE ART GALLERY GROUP SHOW & UNVEILING OF “UNDER THE WOOL” OCALA, FL. 
  • 2015. APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART. STUDIO OPENING & LIVE PAINTING. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2015. MEL FIORENTINO'S SOLO ART EXHIBITION AT THE COURTYARD ON BROADWAY. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2015. NUDE NITE. TAMPA AND ORLANDO, FL. LIVE PAINTING FOR ENTIRE EVENT DATES. 
  • 2014. NUDE NITE. TAMPA AND ORLANDO, FL. 
  • 2013. DOWNTOWN OCALA ARTWALK. OCALA, FL.  
  • 2013. NUDE NITE TAMPA AND ORLANDO FL. 
  • 2013. DOWNTOWN OCALA ARTWALK. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2012. DOWNTOWN OCALA ARTWALK. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2012. FAT KATS ARTISTRY OCALA FL. 
  • 2012. ART WALK DOWNTOWN OCALA. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2012. GAINESVILLE FASHION WEEK. GAINESVILLE, FL.  
  • 2012. NUDE NITE TAMPA. TAMPA, FL. 
  • 2012. ART WALK DOWNTOWN OCALA. OCALA, FL.  
  • 2012. NUDE NITE ORLANDO. ORLANDO, FL. 
  • 2011. TRASHION FASHION ART SHOW. ST. PETERSBURG, FL. 
  • 2011. NUDE NITE. TAMPA, FL. 
  • 2011. ART WALK DOWNTOWN OCALA. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2010. ART WALK DOWNTOWN OCALA. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2010. NUDE NITE TAMPA. TAMPA, FL. 
  • 2009. PRIMARY GALLERY, OCALA, FL. 
  • 2008. SOLO EXHIBITION PRIMARY OVEN GALLERY, OCALA, FL. 
  • 2008. FINE ARTS FOR OCALA, OCALA, FL.  
  • 2008. ST. AUGUSTINE ART WALK. ST AUGUSTINE FL. 
  • 2008. PRIMARY OVEN GALLERY. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2008. CELLAR ROOTS ART GALLERY. EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, MI.  
  • 2008. “IT’S A SURREAL WORLD” PROGRESS ENERGY ART GALLERY. NEW PORT RICHEY, FL. 2008 
  • 2008. INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK ART FESTIVAL. NYC, NY.   
  • 2008. PRIMARY OVEN GALLERY, OCALA, FL.   
  • 2007. PRIMARY OVEN GALLERY. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2007. VALLEY TRASH ART FEST. PALM VALLEY, FL. 
  • 2006. ALL THAT ART. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2006. PRIMARY OVEN GALLERY. OCALA, FL.   
  • 2006. FINE ARTS FOR OCALA. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2005. ALL THAT ART. OCALA, FL.   
  • 2004. SILVER SPRING SHORES 30TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL. OCALA, FL
  • 2003. THE CFCC WEBBER CENTER STUDENT ART EXHIBITION. OCALA, FL. (AWARD OF DISTINCTION WINNER) 
  • 2002. FINE ARTS FOR OCALA. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2002. THE CFCC WEBBER CENTER STUDENT ART EXHIBITION. OCALA, FL.  (AWARD OF MERIT WINNER) 
  • 2001. PADDOCK MALL STUDENT ART SHOW. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2000. PADDOCK MALL STUDENT ART SHOW. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2000. APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART. OCALA, FL. 
  • 2000. FINE ARTS FOR OCALA. OCALA, FL. 
  • 1999. FINE ARTS FOR OCALA, FL. 


PUBLICATIONS

  • 2020. OCALA MAGAZINE. THE ART ISSUE. “OCALA’S ART CASTLE – AMIDST THESE UNCERTAIN AND TURBULENT TIMES, UP POPS AN ARTIST COLLABORATIVE” NOMA GALLERY 
  • 2019. OCALA MAGAZINE. “CELEBRATING LOCAL ART”  
  • 2019. OCALA STYLE MAGAZINE. “A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT FOR AN (ART) WALK” 
  • 2019. OCALA MAGAZINE. “40 UNDER 40” 
  • 2019. OCALA STYLE MAGAZINE. “ARTIST FEATURE” 
  • 2019. STAR BANNER.  
  • 2018. STARBANNER.” APPLETON MUSEUM MEDEVIAL TO METAL GUITAR EXHIBITION” 
  • 2018. DOWNTOWN LIFE. ARTIST FEATURE ARTICLE 
  • 2018. STARBANNER ARTWALK RETURNS 
  • 2017. OCALA STYLE. ICONS, LEGENDS & GODS SOLO EXHIBITION 
  • 2017. OCALA STYLE. MAGNOLIA ART XCHANGE PAINTOUT 
  • 2017. OCALA MAGAZINE. CITY HIGHLIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT 
  • 2016. STARBANNER. “MURAL WITH FARM AND NATURE THEMES TRANSFORMS CITY TANK” 
  • 2016. STARBANNER. DOWNTOWN MURAL PHOTOSHOOT AND INTERVIEW. 
  • 2016. STARBANNER. DOWNTOWN MURAL PROJECT 
  • 2015. OCALA/MARION COUNTY CEP RELOCATION & BUSINESS GUIDE. PAGE 30. 
  • 2015. STARBANNER MEL FIORENTINO UNVEILING ART EXHIBITION 
  • 2015. ORLANDO WEEKLY. NUDE NITE SHOW ARTICLE WITH PHOTO OF "REBIRTH" 
  • 2015. STARBANNER LOCAL AND STATE. ARTWALK PHOTO. 
  • 2015. STARBANNER FRONT PAGE PHOTO. ARTWALK 
  • 2015. STARBANNER  
  • 2014. STAR BANNER ARTWALK INTERVIEW. SEPTEMBER 5. 
  • 2014. STAR-BANNER    
  • 2013. STAR-BANNER.    
  • 2012. STAR-BANNER. 
  • 2010. SUNDAY FEB. 7 2010. OCALA STAR BANNER. ENJOYING ART IN DOWNTOWN OCALA. PAGE 6B  
  • 2010. THURSDAY JUNE 3. GO BY OCALA STAR-BANNER. FRONT COVER. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: BUILD CULTURAL MOMENTUM. PAGE 4 
  • 2009-2010. DEC/JAN ISSUE. FAMILY TIMES MAGAZINE. ARTIST FEATURE MELISSA FIORENTINO ART PAGE 18 
  • 2008. THE SUNCOAST NEWS. "DREAM FILLED ZONE AHEAD. PROGRESS ENERGY ART GALLERY. NEW PORT RICHEY. FL. PAGE 19 
  • 2008. NEW ART INTERNATIONAL. NEW YORK, US.  4 PAGE SPREAD. 2008. CELLAR ROOTS UPCOMING PUBLICATION (FEATURING “LEAP OF DISCOVERY”) EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, MI   
  • 2008. FRINGE MAGAZINE JUNE ISSUE. (FEATURING “MY DETERIORATION, METAMORPHOSIS, LEAP OF DISCOVERY, THE AWAKENING” AND “OBJECT OF SEDUCTION” AND BIOGRAPHY). BOSTON, MA.   
  • 2008. CREATIONS MAGAZINE UPCOMING APRIL ISSUE (FEATURING “TRANSCENDENT” ON MAGAZINE COVER AND BIOGRAPHY). NORTHPORT, NY  
  • 2008. LIVID MAGAZINE UPCOMING ISSUE (FEATURING “THE AWAKENING” AND BIOGRAPHY) BALTIMORE, MD  2008. COMPELLOART GALLERY OF GALLERIES. NEWS -> THE COMPELLOART AND SAATCHI  
  • 2008. MAXIMUM TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL. 02/11/08. THE COMPELLOART AND SAATCHI ONLINE WINNERS IN ART CATEGORY. LONDON, UK. ONLINE WINNERS IN ART CATEGORY. LEBANON, NH 
  • 2008. #1 RANKED IMAGE "LAVENDER" ARTISTIC PURSUIT TOP RANKED IMAGE "LAVENDER" FIRST PLACE  
  • 2006. VOICE OF SOUTH MARION. “YOUNG ARTIST ON THE RISE.” OCTOBER 5. PG. 13. PICTURE OF ARTIST AND PORTFOLIO INCLUDED IN ARTICLE.   
  • 2006. THE CONNECT ZONE . LOCAL TELEVISION PROGRAM. "MELISSA FIORENTINO, OCALA ARTIST." 
  • 2004. STAR BANNER NEWSPAPER. “ECLECTIC MIX: TALENT SHINES THROUGH AT CFCC’S ‘STUDENT ART SHOWCASE’ EXHIBIT”. SUNDAY APRIL 11. 
  • 2003. STAR BANNER NEWSPAPER.” ART FROM SHOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE.” SUNDAY, MARCH 2. PICTURE OF “SUBJECTIVE MOMENT” INCLUDED IN ARTICLE.  
  • 2003. CFCC LITERARY MAGAZINE. “IMPRINTS”. VOLUME 11. PICTURE OF “INSIDE OF ME” INCLUDED