Peter T. Xiao

PETER TONG XIAO, American, Born in Beijing, China
3196 Marynoel Avenue, Bettendorf, IA 52722, USA
Studio (309) 269-3548; Office (309) 794-7172; Email: Peterxiao@augustana.edu

Artist Statement

My recent works comment on history, the human condition and present reality of the
pandemic. Casato di Sotto and Seamstresses Not Little came after an exciting stay in
Siena, Italy, two years back, negotiating depth and flatness of the pictorial space and
figure-ground relations. After Uccello extends the Florentine master’s macabre drama to
fantasize the global reality of profit-driven capitalism. Straw Hat, Man and Globe in
Reverse and Bird and Globe, No. 1 are samples of my effort to put down things in a
matter of fact manner. A globe, a straw hat, a human figurine, shoes for man, woman and
children, ties from a professor who taught me color, and a dead bird from the sidewalk,
all things have meaning. Seeing and putting things down in paint is daunting and
poignant enough.