Marcelo Eli is a Chicago based painter whose work focuses on recontextualizing of ancient mythological tales in an effort to explore the intersection of history and myth. Once embedded in this world Eli explores the human figure through a conceptual lens. Drawing on his experience as a LatinX artist in Chicago and his aptitude for storytelling, Eli’s work exists at the juncture of personal narrative and burgeoning legends.
In 2011 Marcelo enrolled in the BFA program at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. After three years he discontinued this pursuit to explore education independent of an institution. Five years later, in 2016, he received his Visual Art Certificate from the University of Chicago. He has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Chicago and San Francisco galleries, including but not limited to shows at, Hyde Park Art Center, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Congruent Space, and Live Worm Gallery. Marcelo has been noted in publications such as Chicago Gallery News, New Art Examiner, and Artevie Publishing.