Catinca Tabacaru Gallery Collective

Xavier Robles de Medina

Xavier Robles de Medina
Dipi Gron Tiri, 2015
oil on linen
27. 5 × 59 inches

Xavier Robles de Medina
Break and Barge, 2015
oil on linen
27.5 × 59 inches

Xavier Robles de Medina
Watra Winti, 2015
oil on linen
27.5 × 59 inches

Xavier Robles de Medina
Nharira Cave I (Zimbabwe), 2015
chromatic ink pen on paper
11 × 7.5 in

Xavier Robles de Medina
Nharira Cave II (Zimbabwe), 2015
chromatic ink pen on paper
11 × 7.5 inches

Xavier Robles de Medina
Samaita, 2016
Graphite on paper
17 × 14 in

Xavier Robles de Medina
I saw red and reacted (releasing his vitality to the sea), 2016
graphite on paper
17 × 14 in

Xavier Robles de Medina
en het donker duurde een volle nacht, 2016
Graphite on paper
13.6 × 16.6 in

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.

Artist Website

BORN 1990 IN PARAMARIBO, SURINAME
LIVES AND WORKS IN AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

EDUCATION

2012

BFA in Painting and Animation, Magna Cum Laude, Savannah College of Art and Design, (SCAD) Savannah, GA

2008

Bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma, St.Clare’s, Oxford, England

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012

i, Gallery Espresso, Savannah, GA
Atelo, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, GA

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS AND SITE-SPECIFIC WORK

2016

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

2016

Zig Zag Zim, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York

2015

Fictions and Constructions, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York

2014

OPEN, WOW International, Amsterdam, Netherlands
It Begins on Paper, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York

2013

Ever Ours, Beethoven Festival: LOVE 2013, Chicago, IL curator: Catinca Tabacaru
Slideluck, Oglethorpe Gallery, Savannah, GA
THE SKETCHBOOK SHOW!!!, Ashmore Gallery, Savannah, GA

2012

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

2011

Drawing Works, Alexander Gallery, Savannah, GA

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2008/2012

Artistic Honors Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design

2011

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

RESIDENCIES

2015

CTG: Zimbabwe, in collaboration with Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions, Zimbabwe

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

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).