Xavier Robles de Medina (b. Suriname, 1990) is a visual artist based in Berlin. He graduated from the Master’s program in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2019. In 2015 he was nominated for the Prix de Rome Visual Arts in the Netherlands, and was shortlisted for the Royal Award for Modern Painting, also in the Netherlands.
His research-based practice is centred around a methodically organised collection of images and texts that stem from various digital platforms and physical sources. He accumulates and collages these materials in a process of discovery, forming the basis for monochromic works that are mathematically plotted and remain at once poetic and political. They translate and reinterpret personal fascinations and generic pictures drawn from his archive.
Recent solo exhibitions of his work include If you dream of your tongue, beware at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in New York City (2017); Ți-a ieșit iepurele în cale (the rabbit got in your way) at Another Mobile Gallery in Bucharest (2020); Faya Lobi at galerie Praz-Delavallade in Paris (2020); and Wan Destination Wanhoop at SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah (2020). 2022 exhibitions include What if the tongue is cut out?, Robles de Medina’s solo presentation with Catinca Tabacaru Gallery at Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong; Senegal’s fourteenth Dakar Biennale; and The Palliative Turn at Künstlerhaus Bremen.