Kevin Xiques: This Is For You
Kevin Xiques creates lyrical, multi-layered abstract paintings that dance with the marks of his brush. A self-taught artist, he approaches the canvas intuitively, responding to his emotions and guided by the painting process. His palette ranges from delicate veils of pinks, corals, and light blue to intense hues of cobalt, ultramarine, khaki green, and signal orange. Using a variety of brushes and mark-making tools, his lively surfaces bear evidence of his hand. Composed of differently textured lines and shapes that weave and intertwine with deliberate splashes and drips, sweeping strokes, and shuddering fans of color. In several recent works, patches of the canvas are left bare, and shapes extend past the edges. Xiques, who lives in Portland, Maine, began painting in December 2020 and is now completely immersed in his practice. It is a language he feels at home in and finds liberating. He says, “My paintings are the manifestation of the freedom I have gained, and the freedom I am hoping every individual will come to realize.”
Xiques received a BA in Philosophy with a Film and Television Studies minor from the University of Vermont. He was awarded a David C. Driskell Fellowship and Black Seed Studio Residency at Indigo Arts Alliance and a SPACE Gallery Studio Grant in Portland, Maine. In 2022, he was selected as one of eighteen Maine artists to watch by Maine Magazine.
"My work is an embodiment of past memories, present emotions, and future desires. Without a theme or plan, I explore both the discovered and the unknown. I work abstractly because it provides me with the utmost freedom, which I ﬁnd essential in uncovering the things I have yet to see or feel. My intention is to always stay curious and let optimism guide me.
My exploration within art thus far has given me a true sense of purpose, and I wouldn’t have discovered it without the good fortune and guidance from the people in my life. I dedicate this collection of works to my family, friends, acquaintances, and momentary connections.
Without you I cannot be. So thank you. This is for you." - Kevin Xiques