Hello! My name is Olga Tapia, but I go by “Meli” online! I’m a 23 year old Chilean/African artist born and raised in Queens, NY, currently living in New Jersey. I’m the artist ‘gendakiwi’ - welcome to my portfolio!
Art is my full time job - aside from the merchandise I sell through my online store, I also paint murals and design branding assets for small businesses on commission. I’m also currently working on a passion project called ‘Devil in My Heart’, a visual novel game that revolves around my original characters.
I like to tap into people’s sense of nostalgia with my art, specializing in pieces that are colorful and dynamic. Fanart has helped me develop this style, and continues to be a source of inspiration for my art career. I’ve been posting my art publicly since 2012, and on Instagram since 2014. I sold my art in person for the first time at Brooklyn’s Boroughcon in 2018, and have since developed a deep passion for using my artistic expression as a vehicle to connect with others. Over the past 5 years, I’ve tabled at over 10 anime, game, and comic conventions including Metrocon, MagFest, ALA, and more – and I hope to continue tabling at many more!
Devil in My Heart is my passion project - a visual novel focusing on the story of a human getting lost in a devil's world. The visual novel runs as a click-and-play story where wrong options lead to game overs. This gallery includes graphics of my characters I've made for this site.