Artist: Xiao Faria da Cunha is a watercolor artist based in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Xiao began as a self-taught artist and received more formal training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. During that period, she decided to pursue an art career. Her creative writing degree, combined with studio-art, allowed her to investigate traditional literature and tales visually and to explore. Xiao is proud of her profound cultural heritage. Her art often resonates with Asian legends and mythology, delicately reflecting her perspectives and sensations. She combines traditional eastern and contemporary western painting techniques and creates unique textures in her works. Her paintings consist of layers of subtle colors and hidden symbols and will only unfold in front of a dedicated audience with their true beauty. In the past, Xiao has exhibited locally, regionally, and nationally, including with Agora Gallery in NYC. Her works have been published in Dark Ink Magazine, the Silver Needle Press, and Tempered Runes Press. Still developing her style as an artist, Xiao is continually learning and growing her technique and understanding of art, and most importantly, this world.
Artist Statement: My artwork explores the most natural things of the human being: our relationship with the world, nature, each other; our diverse emotions; the difficulties we face and overcome; the growth we gain after suffering. I often refer to eastern and Buddhist symbols, as well as ancient mythologies; my paintings interpret the universal subjects such as love, peace and the challenges in life with a hint of Asian philosophies. My works are about acknowledging the many beings and happenings in life yet letting go at the same time — so each can focus on his or her own goal in life.
Family Tree, Xiao
2020 Framed, watercolor & mixed media on paper, 45.7 x 60.9 cm, 18×24 inches
And So She Treads Through The Clouds
2020 Framed, watercolor & mixed media on paper, 35.6 x 45.7 cm, 14×18 inches
Chant My Sorrow To The Moon
2020 Unframed, watercolor on paper, 27.9 x 38.1 cm, 11×15 inches
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