Elsa María Meléndez is a printmaker and creator of installations where she incorporates embroidery, stitch, and large amounts of synthetic materials. The iconography in her work shows features of the Puerto Rican idiosyncrasy and summarizes debates that respond to uncertainty faced with cultural destruction, exhaustion of human relations, the decline in public policy, and lack of gender equality. The artist employs representations of women in private and public life to develop an antithesis on judgments of the body and sexuality.
Elsa María has exhibited in the United States, Uruguay, Cuba, Ireland, Romania, Portugal, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
The artist's first solo exhibition in the United States will open at The Alabama Center for Contemporary Art in September 2022. She has been finalist at the Outwin Boochver Portrait Competition 2022 and one of the top seven prizewinners.
In 2019 the artist received the Flamboyan Artist Fellowship Award in partnership with NALAC, (National Association of Latin Arts and Culture) San Antonio, TX to carry out a public art project titled Suave con los embustes en la plaza. She was also nominated for the 2019 USA Fellowship, United States Artists, Chicago, IL