Marcio Melo

Dreaming in colour. Searching for balance. Finding light.


Artist's Statement

“In the last years I have been focusing on amplifying my creative process by working with figurative and abstract tendencies simultaneously. As a painter, I have the need to honour these two tendencies and not to stray too far from painting’s original message, which is to me, essentially visual. 

You will find an amplified use of figure and colour in my paintings, expressing my emotions and ideas.   

I am concerned with the creation of images that communicate something uplifting, hopeful.   

It is my contribution to humanity’s evolution of positive psyche.

I am particularly proud of the more than 200 Murals that have been created since 2000 with my ”Collaborative Mural Workshop” that I offer as part of the Quebec Ministry of Culture’s “Artists in the Schools” program and to other schools, groups and individuals. 

It is an opportunity for me to foster the principles of cooperation, compromise, order and balance that is so much a part of my creative process, to create monumental works of art.”

~ Marcio Melo


Marcio came to Canada from Brazil in 1987. He feels comfortable with the languages and culture, and has made Canada his home. In Brazil, Marcio worked in architecture and design, mainly in heritage preservation in the four-century-old cities of Recife and Olinda.

Marcio Melo’s paintings can be characterized as bold and colourful, ranging from stylized to realistic. He works in watercolour, acrylics, oils, crayon conté and recently has embraced  the new technology  of creating digitally as well.

Marcio is well known in the Ottawa area. He has appeared on the CBC television show Rockburn and Company, and has several feature articles in the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa XPress, Ottawa Sun, Zone Outaouais, Sotaque brasileiro, The Equity, The Pontiac Journal, The West Quebec Post and The Aylmer Bulletin. Marcio was also at the centre of a controversy at his show at the NCC Visitor's Centre in Gatineau Park (1997) when seven paintings from his show were deemed unsuitable by the NCC and were removed. The outpouring of indignation about the censorship and support for his art from the public was overwhelming.

He has exhibited at his home studios in Quyon and Montreal, in the Ottawa area, Montreal, in Brazil and in Germany. Marcio's paintings are in corporate and private collections in Canada, the USA, Brazil, France, England, Italy, Portugal, China, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Marcio's work can be viewed at this website, social networks and at his studio in Montreal, Quebec.

Previous Web Site

In July 2021, I replaced my old website with this new site.

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