Mel Prest is a non-objective, kinetic painter whose work is focused on color, perceptual relationships and synaesthetic response. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Mills College. Recent solo shows include: Rainbow Weather at Chandra Cerrito Art Advisors, Oakland (2019); lux at Galleri Urbane, Dallas (2018); Lilac Aura at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (2017); In Praise of Planetary Time at B Sakata Garo, (2016) in Sacramento. Prest’s work has been shown at venues internationally including: The Drawing Center, New York; The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Durham, NC; IS Projects, Leiden, The Netherlands; McKenzie Fine Art, New York; Saturation Point, London, UK; Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo. Prest has been awarded residencies at: Ragdale, The Sam and Adele Golden Artist Foundation (2012 and 2018), Willapa Bay AiR, The Wassaic Project, The MH deYoung Museum, Vermont Studio Center. Her work is held in collections at Apple; The Berkeley Art Museum, The Crocker Museum of Art; Kaiser Permanente; The Mills College Art Museum, among others.
As an independent curator, Prest has organized shows in Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich and Zagreb. She is a founding member of Transmitter, a collaborative curatorial gallery initiative in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. She is an advisory board member of Root Division, a non-profit arts organization in San Francisco. She is an artist advisory board member of Trestle Gallery in Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. Prest served on the advisory board of The Art Monastery Project from 2007-2010.