Mel Ristau’s aerial sculptures animate large interior spaces with color and whimsy ‘ creating smiles and therapeutic destinations for adults and children alike. Art intersecting with and inspiring daily life is what Ristau’s aerial sculptures are about.
Ristau has placed his monumental works from coast to coast. Public spaces include office buildings, schools, medical facilities and universities.
Ristau has an extensive design background, ranging from educational and playful commercial products, to design research. He holds an MFA in design from the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts (1983).
A native of the Louisiana Gulf Coast, Ristau lived in Texas for nearly two decades before settling in Colorado in 2001. He began focusing on his fine arts interests in 2003.