BIOGRAPHY Born in Thailand as a refugee, Xai S. Lor emigrated to the United States at a young age. He is a member of the Hmong American community from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. His artwork has been exhibited at the Le Méridien Chambers in Minneapolis, Katherine E. Nash Gallery in the Regis Center for Art on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus; the Board of Regents Office in the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota; Burnet Gallery, and Minneapolis Institute of Art; and the Great Hinckley Fire Museum in Hinckley, Minnesota. Lor's work has been included in publications including....,....,....and...., as well as public and private collections in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Baltimore, Grand Forks, ND, Chicago, and Chongqing, China.
My recent artistic direction in painting is to explore the relationship between form, shape, line, and space and how they interact organically and sensuously. Holding onto a brush, the paintings I am producing are amplified by the use of colors; I make incremental changes, adding, subtracting, rearranging, and layering in the developmental process. I do not have imageries planned a head of time. The result of my paintings emerge from working in an intuitively manner depending how I am feeling and responding while painting. I like to include motifs, metaphors or idioms in compelling works of art that evoke feelings, thoughts, and responses in the viewers with a sense of familiarity, but at the same time lacking a point of reference, leaving it to the viewers to engage by absorbing, responding, and fostering a meaningful dialogue with my paintings.