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About Vincent Xeus

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.

Chinese-American, b. 1981

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
100K Exhibition, Gallery 1261, Denver
2016
Large Works, Gallery 1261, Denver
2016
Figurative II, Gallery 1261, Denver
2016
Nexus, Abend Gallery, Denver

Solo Shows on Artsy

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
100K Exhibition, Gallery 1261, Denver
2016
Large Works, Gallery 1261, Denver
2016
Figurative II, Gallery 1261, Denver
2016
Nexus, Abend Gallery, Denver
2016
Made In California, ARCADIA CONTEMPORARY, Culver City
2016
Group Exhibition 13, Gallery 1261, Denver
2015
The Renaissance of Realism, Gallery 1261, Denver
2015
Small Works, Gallery 1261, Denver
2015
Unfurl, Gallery 1261, Denver
2015
A Friendly Challenge, Gallery 1261, Denver
2015
Figurative I, Gallery 1261, Denver
2015
Group Exhibition XII, Gallery 1261, Denver
2014
Contemporary Realism, Gallery 1261, Denver
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