About Monica Merlitti

Monica Merlitti is of Italian origin and spent her youth between California and Italy. She has studied at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, Julian Ashton Private Art Academy in Sydney on a full scholarship, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. She speaks fluent Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Her background includes photography, sculpture, writing, poetry, dance, and humanitarian work. She has been to over 70 countries and has lived and worked in Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, London, Israel, Florence, New York, San Francisco, Big Sur, Lake Tahoe and Palo Alto.

Monica is also a part-time yoga instructor and nutritional consultant. She is currently living between the Bay Area and Buenos Aires where she pursues her passion for Argentine Tango, while continuing to evolve as an artist.

Her vision is to someday open an artist collective and residency program for teenagers and young adults who want to explore and nurture their creativity in a group of kindred spirits. In this space, painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians and writers would join together to create an original body of work to then share with the public. The interaction and exchange of creativity in a group setting would be used as a catalyst for expressing both the inner and outer world of the artist and as a way to communicate universal desires, aspirations and hopes bridging gaps between cultures, creeds and ideologies.


If you like my art but don’t see something that fits your specific needs, please feel free to contact me for a personal commission. I can come to your home and work with you on creating something special and unique.

I have done murals, works for children’s bedrooms, restaurants, mosaics, and portraits of people and animals. My experience also includes working with interior designers on various projects for homes, hotels, corporate environments, parties and nightclubs. I can help you express your own personal vision and creativity by collaborating with you to arrive at a composition based on your dreams, wishes, goals, passions, fantasies and desires.

Artist Statement

"My art is always evolving and changing. As I work I find that the painting dictates itself to me, and my main job is to get out of the way. I work best late at night, usually until 3 or 4am. I find that time of night to be so peaceful and quiet that my mind can be clearer than other times of the day. I put music on that inspires me and then begin by tuning into myself, my emotions, going beyond the superficial layers of thought to find a deeper well to ‘draw’ from. I like the mysterious interaction with my subconscious and emotions. I think it is important for an artist to follow this inner instinct and to let the creative process unfold naturally. I find that if I am in a deep state of surrender, similar to meditation that I begin to feel something take over…some might refer to this as channeling and it requires no thought or effort, only the trust to move aside and let it come through. This process is what all artists from every genre understand and long for, but it can never be controlled, forced or called upon at will. It must be invited with humility and emptiness and it is why artists are so often tortured. There is a struggle to create something without that grace and it becomes an unpredictable and exciting journey between one’s own ideas and creative inspirations and this inexplicable force that shows up to contribute, change and rearrange things from time to time. Regardless, every piece of art always proves to be an interesting, enlightening and fulfilling journey."

“Beauty is not always pretty. Beauty does not always feel good. Beauty is anything that is real and pure; it is found in vulnerability, in courage, in passion, in tears, in pain, in being fully alive and human. It is being strong at the same time that you are fragile. Beauty is not found so much in perfection as it is in the wild unguarded, spontaneous expressions of our soul.”