Mela Bolinao has a B.A. degree in Art History with a concentration in Visual Arts from Barnard College. After graduation in 1995, she joined HK Portfolio as the assistant to Harriet Kasak, founder of HK Portfolio. With Harriet’s guidance and encouragement, Mela advanced to become an associate agent focused on artists who worked primarily within the textbook market. Sadly in March 2003, Harriet lost a courageous battle with cancer and Mela took the reins as main agent and sole owner of the agency now known as MB Artists.