Melati was born in East Melbourne, Australia in 1974. She moved with her family to Scotland in 1985 where she spent two years enjoying Scottish country life. Upon returning to Australia she completed her secondary school years (1987-1992) at Geelong Grammar School, followed by a BA in Graphic Design at La Trobe University, Bendigo.
In 1996, Melati moved to Melbourne. 1997 saw her first solo exhibition, ‘Reflections’ at Cafe Miro in Melbourne city. Over the next four years she had three more solo shows.
Melati moved to Dublin, Ireland in 2001, where she lived for over two years. In Ireland she studied the Irish culture and mythology through visiting many of the ancient sites. She also taught and held painting workshops and a weekly art class, where she shared her painting skills. She returned to Melbourne shortly after the showing of her fifth solo show, the ‘Irish Goddesses’.
Since 1997 Melati has travelled regularly to Bali, Indonesia learning their culture and traditions from the Balinese Royal family. She spent a period of 4 months, then 6 months (2007-8) in artist residency in Bona, Bali, where she explored the Balinese culture, whilst living with a local family. She developed her art through learning to bring taksu (charisma and refinement) into her artwork from local teachers and artists. This experience has given her art more depth and enriched her skills in working with acrylic paint on canvas.
In 2009 one of her paintings (Mandala of Life) was shown in the Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition.
The same year she began to explore the Australian land and Aboriginal culture in Northern Territory and Victoria. This introduction became her tenth show titled Australian Landscape.
In 2010 Melati stayed in St Erme, France at the artist residency - PAF (Performing Arts Forum). This experience was a great opportunity to explore her art and converse with artists from around the world.
She is currently living and painting in the beautiful rainforests of Mt Dandenong, Victoria.