Xiong Xuan is a mixed media artist who works with pencil and watercolor on cardboard. She earned a BFA from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and then studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Art Students League of New York. Currently, she focuses on figure and still life drawings. Many of her recent works feature a surprising, yet reasonable rendering of human-like objects (such as dolls and skeletons) in a familiar indoor environment. She prefers using pencil, because pencil can be precise enough to make fine lines, and gentle enough to draw shadows, layer after layer. Laying out numerous tiny cross-hatchings smoothly on a background of bright colors, she combines delicacy and boldness in her drawings.
Ms. Xuan is the recipient of the 2015 Juror’s Choice Award of the Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artist, the First Place in the 2015 Figurative Exhibition and the 2014 Juried Exhibition of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, the First Place in the 2014 CONTEMPO: pushing the limit on art exhibition, and other awards. She has exhibited her drawings in many juried exhibitions including the 2015 Feldman Fellowship 6-Finalists Group Show, the 2015 Art of the State: Pennsylvania show, the 2015 Tallahassee International Juried Show, the 28th and 29th Annual Women’s Works International Art Show, and others.