Xavier Robles de Medina

BIO / SELECTED WORKS / CATALOGUE


Xavier Robles de Medina’s (b. 1990, Paramaribo) sensibilities are 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. 

In 2015 Robles de Medina was the youngest nominee for the Prix de Rome Visual Arts (Netherlands) and also completed Residency Programs at WOW Amsterdam and CTG: Zimbabwe. In 2016 his drawing “En het donker duurde een volle nacht” earned him a place on the short-list of the Royal Award for Modern Painting (Netherlands.) Last year Robles de Medina enjoyed his first NYC solo with Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, his first solo exhibition in Suriname at Readytex Art Gallery, and embarked on the MFA Fine Art program at Goldsmiths, University of London. His first European solo was on view in May 2018 at Barbé Urbain Gallery, Ghent.

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Xavier Robles de Medina (b. Paramaribo, Suriname, 1990.)
Lives and works in London

Education

2017 - 2019 MFA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, England

2012
BFA in Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
BFA in Animation, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2008
Bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma, St.Clare’s, Oxford, England

Selected Exhibitions

2018
The Future Looms Dark and This We Can Scarcely, March 2 – April 9, Barbé Urbain Gallery,Ghent, Belgium (solo)
Power and Ancestors, March 3 – April 7, WM Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Jubileum Expo: 25 Jaar Readytex Art Gallery, February 8 – 18, Readytex Art Gallery,Paramaribo, Suriname
SOLO (title tba), July 5 – 15, Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2017
TNF, Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname (solo)(catalogue)
X-C: Transference between Neighbours (w/ Clément Carat), Green Gallery, WOWAmsterdam,Netherlands
Even My Mum Can Make A Book, Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands
If you dream of your tongue, beware, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, NY (solo)(catalogue)
While Meditating on War, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam, Netherlands (curated by Renske de Jong)
2016
ZIG ZAG ZIM, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe (catalogue)
ZIG ZAG ZIM part II, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, NY
25 Years Contemporary Art in Suriname, Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname (curated by Sasha Dees)
2015
Fictions and Constructions (w/ Rui Chafes and Felix R. Cid), Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, NY
2014
OPEN, WOW Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
It Begins on Paper, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, USA (catalogue)
2013
Ever Ours, Beethoven Festival: LOVE 2013, Chicago, USA (curated by Catinca Tabacaru)(catalogue)
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
Mutare, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, USA
Atelo, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, USA (solo)
Far From Home, Blue Gallery, Savannah, USA
THE SKETCHBOOK SHOW!!!, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, USA
2011
Drawing Works, Alexander Gallery, Savannah, USA
2008
Wall to Wall, North Wall Gallery, Oxford, England
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
Honors Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA (2008 - 2012)
United Student Forum Member, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA
2011
Cover Artist of Strathmore 300 series Canvas pads, Strathmore Artist Papers, USA
2010
1st place Black and White Drawing, and Canson Award, Foundations Honors Show, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA

Bibliography
Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender (2018)
Korbee, Ada, “Xavier Robles de Medina presenteert kunstboek,” Starnieuws Suriname (July 5,2017)
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)
Dees, Sasha, “Nederland Represents: Xavier Robles de Medina & Remy Jungerman,” Trendbeheer (February 23, 2017)
“If you dream of your tongue, Beware,” Wall Street International Magazine (February 14, 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,” The Creators Project, 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)
Steins, Edward, “Xavier Robles de Medina streeft naar perfectie,” De Ware Tijd, Mens en Maatschappij, p. C4 (January 30 - 31, 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)
Hoefer, Dylan, “Woven With Metaphor: Unraveling the Multifaceted Works of Xavier Robles de Medina,” SCAD Painting Blog, Alumni Interview Series, article #2 (April 17, 2015)
Wijnhard, Christio, “Xavier Robles de Medina: Het woord ‘kunst’ gebruik ik niet om mijn werk te beschrijven,” ApuraNetworks (June 9, 2014)
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 Parenthesis literary magazine (October 15, 2012)
Dawers, Bill, “A Quick Trip Through SCAD’s Painting Department in Alexander Hall,” Savannah Unplugged (February 2012)
Cover of the promotional SCAD Graduate catalogue, Savannah College of Art and Design (2012)
Featured in the main SCAD promotional catalogue, Savannah College of Art and Design (2012)
Gummels-Relyveld, Cassandra, “Xavier Robles de Medina,” Sranan Art Xposed 5th edition, p. 4 -5 (September 2011)
Strathmore interviewer, “Xavier Robles de Medina, canvas pad cover artist,” Strathmore Website (2011)

Lectures

2017
Thursday-Night-Feature (6 July), Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014
Guest speaker, Academie voor Hoger Kunst- en Cultuuronderwijs (AHKCO), Paramaribo,Suriname Artist Residencies
2015 - 2017
WOW Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2015
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery - Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions Residency Collaboration, Harare, Zimbabwe Gallery Affiliation
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, NY (represented) info [at] catincatabacaru [dot] com
Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname info [at] readytexartgallery [dot] com