Mel Vera Cruz is a multimedia artist. He migrated to the US from the Philippines in 1995 and is based in the Bay Area. With a background in graphic design and advertising, he incorporates painting and screen printing techniques along with use of readily available materials. His work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout the Bay Area as well as Manila. He is also part of the Filipino art collective Epekto Art Projects based in San Francisco, CA. 

Inspiration is derived from the word spirit. Spirit is fire and fire ain't scared. Fire always goes up. When fire meets an obstacle, it adjusts but still goes up! So, my goal is to go up like fire. - Mel Vera Cruz