2017 Featured Artist Melanie Stimell Van Latum
A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Melanie has had quite the career. Though you wouldn’t guess it by viewing her amazing 3D and Renaissance style street paintings, she has the incredible cool factor of spending 8 years working on the iconic series South Park. Starting out as a Lead Technical Director on the feature film, ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut’, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone then asked her to join the very popular Comedy Central series where she oversaw the transition from infamous paper cutouts to flawless digital animations.
“During a summer hiatus from South Park I began street painting for fun and instantly fell in love. The asphalt became my home each summer until I made the decision to leave South Park to work full time as a street painter & fine artist.”
Melanie quickly became a leader in the Street Painting world – a ‘maestra madonnara’ (master street painter) – the only woman ever to hold this prestigious title in two countries (Italy and Germany). During her 14 years as a street painter extraordinaire, she has been awarded Gold medals and 1st place awards in Europe’s most prestigious competitions to become one of the worlds most decorated street painters.
In 2012, Melanie and her husband Remco, started We Talk Chalk a 3D street painting company. Since their inception, they have created over 300 paintings throughout the world. They have a team of studio artists in Los Angeles and throughout the world.
Some of her well-known clients include: NBA, Instagram, American Express, Nike, T-Mobile, Hermès, Lexus, Kraft, GMC, Amazon TV, Disney, The Venetian, Las Vegas MGM Resort & Hotels, Toyota, Subaru, Mini, Kia, VolksWagen, Chrysler, Boeing, Verizon, PG&E, GE Oil & Gas; ,Macys, Calvin Klein, McDonalds, Home Depot, Coors Light, Heineken, Red Bull, Miller, Smirnoff, Chili’s, M&M, Oreo Commercial, Clear Channel Media, Pacific Life Commercial, OvationTV, Nickelodeon, Samsung Commercial, LinkedIn, Angel Fire Resort UFC, Angry Birds, World Wildlife Foundation, Red Cross, USA Swimming Foundation, Allstate, and Pacific Life.
To learn more about Melanie and her street painting visit: www.wetalkchalk.com.