XAVIER ROBLES DE MEDINA (b. 1990, Surinamese)
Xavier Robles de Medina’s sensibilities are deeply rooted in an observational drawing practice as well as an objective dissection of the painting as a three-dimensional object. He questions social and artistic categorizations, in search for a truth regarding his identity as it relates to the painting tradition. His studio practice in Amsterdam, where he currently lives and work, allows Robles de Medina to be at once close to, and removed from, his native Dutch heritage. He is currently studying the visual cues and contextual idiosyncrasies within the photographs and documentary films of Surinam’s past and present history.
In 2015 Robles de Medina was the youngest nominee for the Prix de Rome and also completed both a Residency Program at WOW International in Amsterdam and the CTG: Zimbabwe residency. In 2016 his drawing En het donker duurde een volle nacht was selected for the second juried round of the Royal Award for Modern Painting, the most prestigious prize for the arts in The Netherlands.
BORN 1990 IN PARAMARIBO, SURINAME
LIVES AND WORKS IN AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
BFA in Painting and Animation, Magna Cum Laude, Savannah College of Art and Design, (SCAD) Savannah, GA
Bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma, St.Clare’s, Oxford, England
i, Gallery Espresso, Savannah, GA
Atelo, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, GA
MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS AND SITE-SPECIFIC WORK
Exhibition of the IAOCA, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan
Zig Zag Zim, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, curator: Catinca Tabacaru
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Zig Zag Zim, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York
Fictions and Constructions, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York
OPEN, WOW International, Amsterdam, Netherlands
It Begins on Paper, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York
Ever Ours, Beethoven Festival: LOVE 2013, Chicago, IL curator: Catinca Tabacaru
Slideluck, Oglethorpe Gallery, Savannah, GA
THE SKETCHBOOK SHOW!!!, Ashmore Gallery, Savannah, GA
META, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
Small Works 2012, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA Cherchez La Vérité, The Porch, Savannah, (USA) Mutare,
Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, GA
Far From Home, Blue Gallery, Savannah, GA
THE SKETCHBOOK SHOW!!!, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, GA
Drawing Works, Alexander Gallery, Savannah, GA
AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Artistic Honors Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design
Featured on the cover of Strathmore 300 Series Canvas Pads, Strathmore Artist
Papers 2010 First place Black and White Drawing, and Canson Award, Foundations Honors Show, Savannah College of Art and Design
CTG: Zimbabwe, in collaboration with Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions, Zimbabwe
Hersh, Allison. Art & Soul: SCAD graduate’s work pushes boundaries of creativity at Gallery Espresso, Savannah Morning News (October 13, 2012).
Pitter, Michael. Understanding an Artist, In Paretheses (Oct 15, 2012).
Gummels-Relyveld, Cassandra. Xavier Robles de Medina, Sranan Art Xposed 5th edition (Sept 2011).
Xavier Robles de Medina in Forbes
“…highly detailed drawings, which provide compartmentalized, figurative hints to a larger emotional and political puzzle…” – Kurt McVey
Xavier Robles de Medina in Vice
“…an example of the political conversation stoked by his art, an interpretation of the marriage of past and present.” – Abby Ronner
Xavier Robles de Medina in Dagblad
If you dream of your tongue, beware featured in Suriname’s Dagblad paper (Dutch)
Xavier Robles de Medina in Blouin Artinfo
“These works are collaged and carefully cropped, depicting partially obscure figures that represent more of a fantasy than they conceal the facts.”
Zig Zag Zim in Mixte Magazine
Feature on Rachel Monosov’s Pink Village and the CTG Collective (French)
Xavier Robles de Medina for The Royal Award for Modern Painting
“En het donker duurde een volle nacht” (graphite on paper) selected for second juried round
Xavier Robles de Medina in MENS & MAATSCHAPPIJ
on his drawings of the sacred Nharira Caves in Zimbabwe (Dutch)
Xavier Robles de Medina on Gesprek Met
Kevin Headley interviews artist on Surinamese TV (Dutch)
Xavier Robles de Medina in European Echo
Interviewed by Charlie Clemoes about his work and the creativity involved in buying and consuming things
Xavier Robles de Medina in POVO Magazine
on his experiences at CTG: Zimbabwe, the residency created by Catinca Tabacaru Gallery together with several of its artists.
Xavier Robles de Medina nominated for 2015 Prix de Rome
The Prize is awarded every two years. It is the oldest and most generous prize for artists in the Netherlands.