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About Contemporary Abstract Artist Xuan Chen

Xuan Chen is an abstract visual artist. She makes non representational paintings and wall-sculptures. She was born in China, currently a Permanent Resident of the USA as an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability” in Visual Arts.

Although her parents named her after the Chinese ink-brush Xuan paper, they did not expect her to be an artist. It was not until her mid-20s that the name started to fascinate her. While finishing up engineering degrees at the University of California at Berkeley, she sneaked in the Art Practice department. There she found her tribe, learned art-making from the most inspiring mentors, and made the best artist friends. They have been her most valuable intellectual assets ever since. Her influences include the California Light and Space Movement, as well as Color Field abstraction.  As an experimental artist, each body of her work focuses on a different concept. In the past few years, she has been working on concepts such as Light Space Intimacy, Beyond Color Field and Op Pop. Within these concepts,  her abstract paintings, sculptures and installations are approached from the possibilities between the 2D digital image-making and the 3D complexity in our visual world, where digital images and devices play such a huge role in our daily lives.  Although her works embrace western aesthetics in contemporary abstract art, she constantly applies techniques, processes and inspirations from traditional Chinese art to her art practice. No matter what forms of her artwork entail, subjects such as color theory, constructivism and geometric abstraction frequently appear in her processes. She has exhibited extensively through group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Two Minutes Film Festival in Carnegie Museum of Art, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center,  LaGrange Art Museum, PULSE Miami, George Adams Gallery in NYC, Mirus Gallery in San Francisco, and Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque.  She is a recipient of the 2017 Artist in Residence from the Visible Futures Lab at the School of Visual Arts, 2015 National Young Painters Award at Miami University, and 2009 New Visions Grant from the State of New Mexico.  Her works were published in New American Paintings , Thinking Through Digital Media by Palgrave Press, reviewed by Hyperallergic in NYC and Artmaze Magazine in London, and appeared in TV5Monde  in Canada. Her paintings are included in many public and private collections nationally. Please visit her CV for details.