Derick Melander was born in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1964. His father was an abstract painter, known for combining non-traditional materials such as polystyrene foam, house paint, mirrored glass, and contact paper. In 1985 Derick earned his Associate Degree in Communications from Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, NY where he studied radio and film production. Shortly after graduation he moved to Philadelphia where he worked as an assistant to an artist, sang in a band and postered the streets with hand-printed graphics and poems.
In 1987, he moved to NYC where he taught nursery school and signed a lease on his first art studio. Derick earned his B.F.A. in 1994 from The School of Visual Arts, NYC where he was the recipient of the Chairman’s Grant and had the opportunity to study with Roni Horn, Peter Halley, Alice Aycock and Donald Kuspit. In 2002 he began to exhibit regularly and co-founded the arts organization TAG Projects. As an organizer and curator, he produced 5 successful exhibitions.
Since then he’s shown his work in NYC at The Queens Museum or Art, Black and White Gallery, Repetti Gallery and has had solo shows with The University of Maryland and Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia. He created special projects for ADA Gallery/Scope, Miami, The City of San Francisco, Columbia College Chicago, The City of New York (CENYC) and designed commissions for Tom’s Shoes and The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Derick has shown internationally at de Warande in Turnhout, Belgium, Museum Rijswijk, in The Hague, Netherlands and The Solyanka Gallery in Moscow, Russia.