Melinda Braathen

Melinda Braathen’s work combines close observation of nature with an acutely attuned emotional sensibility and theatricality. Blending genres, traditions and techniques, the artist’s paintings and drawings seamlessly transition between skillful figuration and abstraction. Braathen’s compositions employ meditative swirls of paint and balanced coloration to depict the flux of life and its constant becomings.


Melinda Braathen was born in Oslo, Norway in 1985. The artist received a BFA from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York in 2007. Braathen has also studied painting at the New York Studio School in New York City.

Exhibitions that have shown Braathen’s work have taken place at: Baert Gallery in Los Angeles, California; Eastside International in Los Angeles, California; Last Projects in Los Angeles, California; Coaxial Gallery in Los Angeles, California; and Kwadrat in Berlin, Germany.

Braathen lives and works in Los Angeles, California.