Inga Meldere (b. 1979) lives and works in Helsinki. She studied at the University of Latvia and at the Art Academy of Latvia. Meldere was a researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht 2013-2014. She is currently attending a MA program in Painting at the University of the Arts in Helsinki.
Meldere’s recent solo and duo exhibitions include shows at Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga (2017); SIC, Helsinki (2017); kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2016); Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Tallinn (2016). She has participated in various group exhibitions at eg. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (2018 -2019); Exhibition hall Arsenals, National Museum of Latvia, Riga (2017); Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zürich (2016–2017). Meldere is represented in the collection of Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, The Collection of Finnish State Art Commission, and private collections such as HANGart (Vienna Austria), bta art (Vienna insurance group), Janis Zuzans and Maris Vitols collections.
Inga Meldere describes her works as being about art practices and painting methods. Her paintings, installations and prints are the result of detailed work with source material, weaving together personal and collective memories and experiences, art historical quotes and everyday imagery. Interested in what she calls “the mood of a painting”, Meldere narrates these fragments into her works with care and precision, following their lead until they reach a focus.