Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, in 1974, Elsa María Meléndez is a visual artist working with textiles, incorporating printmaking, embroidery, and synthetic materials. 

 Usually featuring female protagonists, Meléndez develops an antithesis on judgments of the body and sexuality. The iconography in her works introduces the idiosyncrasy of her environment, summarizing debates that respond to the uncertainty faced with cultural destruction, the exhaustion of human relations, the decline in public policy, and the lack of gender equality.