THRIVE: A student-centered initiative featuring interviews with SCAD alumni who earned a BFA, MFA or MA in painting and are currently working in the professional field. Engaging students’ intellects and imaginations with on-going conversations between students currently enrolled at SCAD and the global SCAD alumni network. Article #2, Woven With Metaphor: Unraveling the Multifaceted Works of Xavier Robles De Medina by D. Hoefer is now available here:
Xavier Robles De Medina, Break and Barge, 70 x 150 cm, oil on linen, 2015.
Xavier Robles De Medina (b. Paramaribo, Suriname, 1990) makes narrative paintings and drawings speaking to global conditions of displacement; he also engages sculpture, video, performance and animation. The work shows a strong undercurrent of the process-driven pursuit of mastery. His explorations of materials and concepts are punctuated by fastidiously detailed works. In 2012, Xavier graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, GA, with BFA’s in painting and animation. He is an award-winning artist, featured on the cover of Strathmore 300 series canvas pads in 2011, as well as the recipient of the Canson Award in 2010. Xavier’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Savannah, Cambridge, Chicago, New York, and Amsterdam. He has been featured in a host of publications—you may have seen his work on the cover of SCAD promotion catalogues. In 2014, Xavier was a guest speaker at the Academie voor Hoger Kunst – en Cultuuronderwijs, in Paramaribo, Suriname. Currently, he is represented by Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in NY, and he is an artist in residence at WOW, Amsterdam, where he lives and works.
D. Hoefer (b. Bronx, NY) is a current BFA in painting student who makes installation and performance art predicated on the systematic degeneration of nature and indigenous humanity, with the intention of regenerating a dimension of unrestrained growth. Hoefer lives and works between Marshall, NC and Savannah, GA. For more information visit, dhoeferstudios.com.