Xiao Wang is a Chinese artist based in San Francisco, California, focused on figurative realistic paintings. His creations are inspired by cult films, magical realism, and symbolism.
“I use dramatic colors and thin glazes to render realistic figures, objects, and scenes that evoke a sense of mystery. I examine cult films, magical realism literature and symbolist paintings to create imageries of tension and obscurity. These paintings feature characters at uncertain moments, situated in disrupted narratives. In these works, I source from photographs of sites and models, which I digitally manipulate to build “sets” to paint from.” – Xiao Wang.