Catinca Tabacaru NYC/Harare Collective

Xavier Robles de Medina

Xavier Robles de Medina
Magic Mountain, 2018
Graphite on Paper
7 × 5 in

Xavier Robles de Medina
Rajio Taiso, 2018
graphite and plaster
16 × 12 × 4 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
Pietà, 2016
chromatic ink on paper
17 × 14 in

Xavier Robles de Medina
Admire 161116, 2016
chromatic ink on paper
17 × 14 in

Xavier Robles de Medina
Untitled, 2016
Ink on paper
29 × 23 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
Samaita, 2016
Graphite on paper
17 × 14 in

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
Dipi Gron Tiri, 2015
oil on linen
27. 5 × 59 in

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

Xavier Robles de Medina
Wart Winti, 2015
oil on linen
27.5 × 59 in

Xavier Robles de Medina
Untitled, 2014
graphite on paper
6 × 6 in

Xavier Robles de Medina
Untitled, 2014
graphite on paper
6 × 6 in


Ai Sranang, 2017
Xavier Robles de Medina

The short film by Surinamese artist Xavier Robles de Medina is composed predominantly of video footage sourced from archives and documentaries surrounding several key events that have shaped the political and social climate of Suriname through the 20th and 21st century. Informed by the film “Love is the Message, the Message is Death” by Arthur Jafa, this video montage sees Robles de Medina explore issues around colonization, postcoloniality, trauma, and national identity. The work doubles as a filmic mirror or twin to the artist’s drawing practice, as Robles de Medina’s drawings involve a rigorous study and engagement with film and video footage to inform the idiosyncratic “video-still-realism.” Iconic historical footage of the Independence celebrations is contrasted with contemporary footage extracted from Suriname commercials and news. Images and metaphors for journeys combine to raise a larger question around history and identity.

Music: Lieve Hugo “Oeng Booi” “Blaka Rosoe”

XAVIER ROBLES DE MEDINA (b. 1990, Surinam)
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. 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 LONDON, ENGLAND

EDUCATION

2019

MFA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths, London, England

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

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

2018

From Shape to Form, Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, USA; curator: Jon Seals

2016

Exhibition of the IAOCA, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Japan
Zig Zag Zim, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare; curator: Catinca Tabacaru

SOLO AND TWO-ARTIST EXHIBITIONS

2019

Title TBD, Praz Delavadelle, Los Angeles (upcoming solo)
Title TBD, Catinca Tabacaru, New York (upcoming solo)

2018

als het hele lichaam oor zou zijn” (if the whole body were an ear), Readytex Art Gallery, Surinam
The Future Looms Dark and That We Can Scarcely, Barbé Urbain, Gent, Belgium

2017

TNF with Xavier Robles de Medina, Readytex Art Gallery, Surinam
X-C: Transference Between Neighbors, (with Clément Carat), WOW International, Amsterdam
If you dream of your tongue, beware, Catinca Tabacaru NEW YORK

2012

Atelo, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

CTG-R: ZIMBABWE, CTG Harare, Zimbabwe
Material, The COB Gallery, London
Drawing in Gallery, Galerie ALB, Paris
Power & Ancestors, WM gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname

2017

While Meditating on War, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam; curator: Ronit Eden

2016

Zig Zag Zim, Catinca Tabacaru, New York

2015

Fictions and Constructions, Catinca Tabacaru, New York

2014

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

2013

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

2012

META, Gallery 263, Cambridge, USA
Small Works 2012, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, USA
Cherchez La Vérité, The Porch, Savannah, USA
Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, USA
Far From Home, Blue Gallery, Savannah, USA
THE SKETCHBOOK SHOW!!!, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, USA

2011

Drawing Works, Alexander Gallery, Savannah, USA

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2016

Royal Award for Modern Painting (shortlist), Royal Palace Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015

Prix de Rome (Visual Arts nominee), The Mondriaan Fund, Netherlands

2012

Artistic Honors Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design

RESIDENCIES

2018

CTG-R: Zimbabwe, Harare

2017

CTG-R: Zimbabwe, Harare
WOW Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2015

CTG-R: Zimbabwe, Harare

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Fondation L’Art Est Vivant
National Gallery of Zimbabwe

SELECTED PRESS

Janssens, Mieke, “The Future Looms Dark and That We Can Scarcely,” The Art Couch (March 26, 2018)

Salmeron, François, “Cinq jeunes artistes de moins de 35 ans,” Le Quotidien de l’Art (March 22, 2018)

Tabacaru, Catinca, “#TheLIST: Up-and-Coming Artists You Need to Know,” Harper’s Bazaar (February 15, 2018)

Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender (2018)

Wajwakana, Audry, “Xavier Robles de Medina ‘signeert’ met snelportretten,” De Ware Tijd, p. 8A (June 30, 2017)

Dees, Sasha, “Broedplaats WOW Amsterdam,” Trendbeheer (April 20, 2017)

McVey, Kurt, “Surinamese Artist Xavier Robles de Medina Mixes Dream Theory And Politics in First Solo Exhibition,” Forbes (January 31, 2017)

Ronner, Abby, “Photorealistic Drawings Explore the Trippy Dreamscape of Cultural Identity,” VICE (January 28, 2017)

Zimmer, Lori, “Xavier Robles de Medina at Catinca Tabacaru,” Art Nerd New York (January 24, 2017)

Clemoes, Charlie, “Vinteuil – A Conversation with Xavier Robles de Medina” pt. 2, European Echo (January 20, 2017)

Gummels-Relyveld, Cassandra, “Jonge artiest met Surinaamse roots exposeert in New York,” De Ware Tijd, p. 6A (January 19, 2017)

Blouin Artinfo, “Xavier Robles de Medina at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York,” Blouin Artinfo (January 18, 2017)

Gummels-Relyveld, Cassandra, “Xavier Robles de Medina exposeert in Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in New York,” Dagblad Suriname, People, p. 25 (January 18, 2017)

Arabadjis, Chris (trans. Gummels-Relyveld, Cassandra), “Eerste solo expositie Xavier Robles de Medina in New York,” Starnieuws Suriname (January 11, 2017)

Clemoes, Charlie, “Buy & Create – An interview with Xavier Robles de Medina,” European Echo (December 23, 2016)

Perrée, Rob, “The could-be-reality of Xavier Robles de Medina,” AFRICANAH (May 9, 2016)

Headley, Kevin, “In Gesprek Met,” ATV-Suriname (January 6, 2016)

Vercouteren, Senne, “Faces of WOW: Xavier Robles de Medina,” WOW Amsterdam Stories (November 5, 2015)

Goredema, Baynham, “Surinamese artist Xavier Robles de Medina in Zimbabwe,” POVO Journal 2015, Issue 07, p. 33 – 35 (September 2015)

Garan’anga, Stephen, “Dzimbanhete hosts artist in residency programme,” The Herald (September 11, 2015)

Pitter, Michael, “Understanding an Artist,” In Parenthesis literary magazine (October 15, 2012)