Artist Statement:

I am a figurative oil painter working with dramatic colors and thin glazes to render realistic figures, landscapes, and scenes that evoke a sense of mystery. I paint fictional scenes featuring characters at uncertain moments, situated in disrupted narratives. My work examines The Symbolist Movement, Surrealism, and Magical Realism. By mixing supernatural phenomena with a mundane context, I free the narratives from the constraint of certain rules and laws of storytelling, making them more ambiguous, yet more emotionally real.


The Symbolist Movement and Magical Realism are the conceptual core of my work. I make images that acknowledge and confront the unstable and unpredictable nature of the current state of world. I reject direct commentary and matter-of-fact description, preferring viewers to immerse themselves in the moment of my non-linear narrative. 


Xiao Wang is a Chinese painter who lives and works in the US. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland where he received his BFA degree in Painting and Printmaking. He continued his study at San Francisco Art Institute and earned his MFA degree in Painting. Wang currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.​

Wang has shown internationally in Europe and California. In 2014, he received the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award. During recent years he was awarded 1st place for the Anne Bremer Memorial Prize and the silver award for the Art Forward Contest. In 2016, he was nominated for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s SECA award. His work has been featured in publications such as Hi-Fructose Magazine, Fresh Paint Magazine, and New American Paintings. Wang has also attended artist residency programs at MASS MoCA (MA), the Vermont Studio Center (VT), Root Division (CA) and Art Point (CA).

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