Vincent Xeus is a torrential force on the international art scene that permeates and defines our contemporary culture. His relentless pursuit on re-evaluating and re-inventing fresh aesthetic visions is one of the most vital and remarkable characteristics of his creation.
Oscillating between figuration and abstraction, his work embraces, yet challenges the traditions of painting with an exploration of contemporary practices and observations. Xeus reminds the audience to continually adjust perceptions and to formulate new syntheses built upon the past.
Reflecting a passionate spirit of innovation, a deep curiosity about history, and an affinity for cultural identities, Xeus’ efforts in his body of work not only survey past traditions, but also look forward to the future. Xeus presents alternative ways of seeing the temporal world, which leave the viewer in constant flux of refuge, enlightenment and sheer admiration.
Xeus’ prodigious artistic output has earned him the highest international acclaim. His artworks are in renowned public and private collections, exhibited in landmark museums and galleries worldwide, and have been celebrated by prestigious institutions, including Portrait Society of America and International Art Renewal Center.
Vincent Xeus was born in China in 1981 and began his artistic journey at a young age. He currently lives and creates in New York City and Napa Valley, California. He holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley. Xeus is the President of Marque Design & Architecture. He also serves as Board Director of Arts Council Napa Valley and Arts Commissioner in Napa Valley.
“In the middle of the night, there lies a boy who dreams of flying in the sky”. These words mark the beginning of a grand story in the making as this boy continues to dream into the darkest hours, shrouded in the dense scent of amber varnishes and sun-thickened walnut oils.
After immigrating to the United States from China to pursue a career in architecture, Xeus shifted his focus to oil painting. In portraits of historical figures, cultural idols, and personal friends, Xeus combines traditional techniques such as impasto and chiaroscuro with bold strokes and idiosyncratic details that disrupt otherwise classical compositions. In his “Fragmented Traditions” series, paint splatters interrupt diaphanous dresses, passages of color slide off faces, and outlines are diffused by an all-over dappled effect.