Melanie Gandyra is a freelance illustrator and artist from Hamburg and Innsbruck. She completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in illustration at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. The main focus of her work is editorial, infographic, and informative illustration. From time to time she switches from paper to wall and has already been able to realize murals for Viva con Agua, interactive city maps for the Hamburg Schauspielhaus, or the window display of the Patagonia Store in Innsbruck. Since 2021 she is lecturing Illustration at HAW Hamburg.
Her drawings usually start on paper. The colored pencil forms the basis of colors, shapes, and structures. These analog fragments are digitized, composed, and finally find their final fusion. Expressive color worlds abduct into symmetrical, often surreal superstructures that metaphorically communicate and inform.
2018 Global Illustration Award Gold
2019 World Illustration Award Shortlist
2019 Ginco Comic Award Shortlist
2019 3x3 Award Honorable Mention
2020 Creative Quarterly 58 Runner Up
2021Global Illustration Award Gold 2021 "Scientific illustration"
2021 Global Illustration Award Honorary Mention 2021 "Editorial/Advertisement“
2020 Global Illustration Award, Illusalon Headquarter, Peking
2019 World Illustration Award, Somerset House, London
2018 Tapir und Klotz Calendar, Enfants Art Space, Hamburg
2017 ODRADEK #2, Galerie 21 Vorwerkstift, Hamburg
2016 ODRADEK #1, Galerie Speckstraße, Hamburg
2015 "Poetic Science" Alliance Française de Bologne, Bologna
2014 „LUKS Magazin #3" Island, Hamburg
2014 „Greyscale“ Oberhafengalerie, Hamburg
2013 „LUKS Magazin #2“ LOKAL, Hamburg
2013 „In eigener Sache“ Raum rechts links, Hamburg