Melissa Pochoema

Melissa Pochoema

Melissa Pochoema is Hopi from the village of Shungopavi, Second Mesa, Arizona. She is a self-taught artist, currently attending Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Her works are abstract paintings featuring Hopi and contemporary elements as a means to express herself. She also hand-paints some of her designs on silk scarves, creating wearable works of art.

Soon to be in her 30s, Melissa discovered at a young age that she had artistic leanings. She was inspired by her father, an artist and master kachina carver, growing up at his side while he carved and painted.

Melissa Eden Pochoema's work is the focus of "Stories of Eden," a show in the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center's Artists Circle Gallery, running now through April 28, 2019.