Vincent Xeus

Chinese-American, b. 1981

671 followers

Vincent Xeus

Bio

Chinese-American, b. 1981

Followers
671
Biography

Vincent Xeus’s atmospheric portraits are driven by a reverence for Italian and Dutch Old Master paintings as well as a desire to challenge classical constraints. “I loved their traditions and I had an equally strong desire to break away from it,” he has said of 16th- and 17th-century artists. “This conflict gave me struggle, and the struggle kept painting alive for me.” 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.

Related Categories
Career Highlights
Biography

Vincent Xeus’s atmospheric portraits are driven by a reverence for Italian and Dutch Old Master paintings as well as a desire to challenge classical constraints. “I loved their traditions and I had an equally strong desire to break away from it,” he has said of 16th- and 17th-century artists. “This conflict gave me struggle, and the struggle kept painting alive for me.” 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.

Career Highlights
Articles Featuring Vincent Xeus
How a Group of Artists Are Revitalizing One of Art’s Most Classic Subjects
Apr 20th, 2015
How a Group of Artists Are Revitalizing One of Art’s Most Classic Subjects
A Denver Group Show Ditches the Theme
Mar 13th, 2015
A Denver Group Show Ditches the Theme
Figurative Harmony in Gallery 1261’s "Group X-2"
Jun 20th, 2014
Figurative Harmony in Gallery 1261’s "Group X-2"
Navigate right