College of Environmental Design alumnus Vincent Xeus (BA Arch ‘06) exhibited his latest collection of paintings at the recently opened tasting room for Acumen Wines, a new concept winery in Napa Valley.
In a new concept for tasting rooms, Acumen Wines has incorporated a high-end art gallery that will feature a rotating collection of paintings, sculptures and other installations. The present collection features a number of large-scale oil paintings by Xeus, including portraits of local vineyard workers. Xeus, who is also the Arts Commissioner for the city of Yountville, previously served on the Board of Directors for Leadership Napa Valley and is currently pursuing his MBA at Columbia University.
Xeus’s atmospheric portraits are driven by a reverence for Italian and Dutch Old Master paintings as well as a desire to challenge classical constraints. “I loved their traditions and I had an equally strong desire to break away from it,” he has said of 16th- and 17th-century artists. “This conflict gave me struggle, and the struggle kept painting alive for me.”
After immigrating to the United States from China to pursue architecture, Xeus shifted his focus to oil painting. In portraits of historical figures, cultural idols, and personal friends, Xeus combines traditional techniques such as impasto and chiaroscuro with bold strokes and idiosyncratic details that disrupt otherwise classical compositions.
Read more about Xeus and see his upcoming gallery exhibitions here.