Béatrice Lampla Mellinger, also known as Bela, her artist signature, was born on the French Caribbean island of Martinique. Art has always been an important part of Bela's life. She studied painting extensively and also works with different mediums and various printmaking materials to create her narratives. Her work incorporates multicultural references from her Asian, African, and European ancestors, and from her birthplace, with its own multiethnic heritage.
Bela hasexhibited widely in galleries and art fairs in The United States,France and Barbados. She has travelled extensively and has lived and studied painting in many countries across several continents and believes that her paintings convey her rich experience. She states that,“Painting is a universal language that enhances the awareness as well as the understanding of other cultures.”
Bela currently resides in Saint-James, Barbados, where she continues to explore and investigate narratives. The current series called, High Tide is a narrative about the coral reefs which are at risk (particularly in the Caribbean).
"I am combining various techniques and materials: underwater photography with GoPro, digital editing, pigment print, painting, screen printing; raw pigments, fluid acrylics, interference and iridescent paints, ink, and wax pastels. Due to coastal development, watershed-based sediment and pollution, marine based threats, overfishing, acidification of the oceans and rising sea temperature. This result in the coral losing its vibrant color, and ultimately dying and losing coral reefs has ecological, social and economic effects. Without coral reefs, fish will not have the habitat they need to thrive, cutting back on food sources for people. This problem is very important and through art I would like to expose the problem and hopefully solutions can begin." - Bela