Mel Fiorentino was born in 1983 in New York. She started out drawing and dedicating time to art for fun and teenage escape. It has always been the easiest way to express myself. The drawing started to get more and more photorealist and she started to get intrigued by the idea of painting and haven't stopped since. She painted with acrylics for about 12 years and soon felt needed a new medium so she started painting with oils. At times you feel like a scientist because it continuously seems like it is limitless. Painting has been the journey of her life and always keeps her at a state of constant learning.
"I wouldn't trade it for anything." as she cited.
In late 2016, she joined the Board of Directors of the Magnolia Art Xchange (MAX) which will be the first art incubator in Ocala, FL. It was exciting for her to be a part of something like this and since she grew up here and has always been in the arts, it's even sweeter because she knows how much MAX will benefit artists from all walks of life and encourage more business in our community.