Melanie Vugich grew up in the New South Wales town of Broken Hill, in outback Australia, then spent time in Adelaide, Sydney and London before venturing to Italy. She fell in love with Florence and lived there for 25 years, working as a fabric designer for high-end fashion labels and painting in her spare time.
Relocating to the Sydney suburb of Bronte in 2010, Melanie now paints full time and focuses on the still life genre, which allows her to celebrate the beauty of Australian native flowers and everyday household items.
Melanie also enjoys collaborative projects – in 2021 she was invited to design fabrics for Oscar de la Renta and Victor Bellaish, two of the world’s most beautiful and innovative fashion labels. Melanie also features in STILL LIFE, which was published by Thames & Hudson Australia in 2021 and features over 40 Australian artists.