Melini received his Bachelor of Arts from Maryland, College Park in 1994 and his Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in 1997. He completed an artist residency at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, Brooklyn, NY in 2011-2012.
Recent solo exhibitions include “Into the Woods,” SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, NC; “Starry Sky,” Van Doren Waxter, New York, NY; “When the Moon Hangs on the Wall: Landscapes, Seascapes, and Abstracts,” Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR; “Douglas Melini,” Phillip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO; “You Have to Peer Into the Sky to See the Stars,” 11R, New York, NY; “Douglas Melini,” Eleven Rivington, New York, NY; “A Sharing of Color and Being Part of It,” Feature Inc., New York, NY; “It Flows Over Us Without Meaning,” Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY; “Beyond the Dirty Light,” Ursula Werz, Tubingen, Germany; “Positively Do Not Block the Gate,” Rocket Gallery, London, United Kingdom; “White Room,” White Columns, New York, NY and “Head On,” Homeroom, Munich, Germany.
Recent group exhibitions include “Energy in All Directions,” Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; “Chroma,” Van Doren Waxter, New York, NY; “STARS,” Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO; “Pulled in Brooklyn,” International Print Center New York, New York, NY; “The Twenty By Sixteen Biennial,” Morgan Lehman, New York, NY; “People, Place and Things...,” Philip Slein Gallery, St Louis, MO; “Geometric Behavior,” Ikast Kunstpakhuset, Copenhagen, Denmark; "Edge," Philip Slein Gallery, St Louis, MO; “Confluence/Influence in Contemporary Abstraction,” Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, NY; "Eat a Peach," Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY; “Breaking Pattern,” Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR and “Colour and Line," Raygun Projects, Toowoomba, Australia.
Melini has been involved in numerous curatorial projects including “Between This Light and That and Space,” Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY; “Douglas Melini/Take 5,” Progress Report; “Viewlist: I Can Read in Red, I Can Read In Blue, I Can Read in Pickle Color Too...,” Minus Space, New York, NY and “The Difficult Shapes of Possible Images,” ZieherSmith Gallery, New York, NY.
He is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Fellowship in Painting, Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Residency and Change Inc. Grant. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Daimler Collection, Berlin, Germany; The Jill and Peter Kraus Collection, Dutchess County, NY; Neuberger Berman LLC, New York, NY; The Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH; Wellspring Capital Corporation, New York, N Y; and The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery Collection at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
Douglas Melini lives and works in New Jersey.