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Xiao Faria da Cunha: Artist and Asian Mythology

Coming September 11th 8pm eastern

Artist Bio

Xiao Faria daCunha was born and raised in China and eventually came to the United States to chase her dream for art. She is currently based out of Kansas City, MO. Through her seven years in the States, she navigated through the ups and downs of life as someone with a multicultural background. The challenges she faced as a woman, a foreigner and a young artist channeled back into her creation and allowed to her continually progress on her path as an artist.

Xiao’s works are mostly watercolor and mixed media illustrations and were heavily influence taken from traditional Asian literature, theater and mythologies. She reinterprets classic lores, symbolisms and tales in order to make sense of the world and the happenings around her. Her works have been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally across the States.

Xiao is a writer, a researcher and a painter, at the same time an avid crafter. She is currently represented by Agora Gallery in New York City. In the future, she wants to explore the realm of visual installation, printmaking and 3D art as she believes medium and discipline should not restrict an artist’s creation but rather aids an artist to manifest his or her philosophy and ideology.


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.

As an immigrant in America, my multicultural background has allowed me to see things differently, and also put me through many hardships regarding coming to terms with life and finding out what a legacy means for myself. It is my goal to use my artistic skills to share the lessons I’ve learned from my culture and my journey of life with others. To explain the unexplainable, and to touch the untouchable subjects.

As a survivor of a toxic and abusive relationship, I put a heavier focus on encouraging mental health awareness. My artwork creates an open and honest conversation surrounding how we feel, why we feel this way, and what it has done to us and demystifies the mental health subject in general. It is my belief that when we stop stigmatizing, antagonizing and demonizing mental health issues and learn to make peace with our own past and holding ourselves accountable for our own life, we will truly begin the progress of healing.


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