Melissa Quintana is a Latina visual artist born and raised in the Mission district of San Francisco to Peruvian immigrants. As a painter and draughtswoman, Melissa explores issues of identity and place through color, line and texture. She believes in the power of art and culture to shape and change our society.
In 2018, the New York Foundation for the Arts selected Melissa as a Mentee in their Immigrant Artist program. Melissa has served as a Teaching Artist for students of all ages, a Grant Panelist for the San Francisco Arts Commission, and on curatorial and education teams at SFMOMA and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is currently working on curatorial projects with the Rosenberg Library gallery at City College of San Francisco. In a previous career, she served as a state legislative advocate for children in foster care and low-income youth. Melissa graduated as Class Valedictorian in Political Science at UC Berkeley.