Mel Rosas was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1950. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Drake University in Des Moines and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Rosas taught at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada and at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He is an Associate Professor at Wayne University in Detroit, Michigan, where he has taught since 1976.
Mel Rosas’ highly graphic, detailed works are both complex and simple- they weave in and out of the literal and mysterious. The work represents his fascination with the glory and the sadness of urban environments and the society’s growing ambivalence toward both.
He has participated in exhibitions at the Detroit Institute of the Arts; Cantor/Lemberg Gallery in Birmingham, MI; Fendrick Gallery in Washington, DC; Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, OH and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.