Photo by Jon Gugala

Photo by Jon Gugala

XPayne is a storyteller concerned with the Black American narrative. Through art and design, XPayne creates work that pushes back against the marginalized narrative of Black culture and experiences. His creative goal is to exalt the culture in its entirety through establishing new Black iconography, while conversing with past an contemporary art influences.

Xavier’s creative skill-set is ever-growing as he strives to bring all of them together harmoniously through his work. While every piece employs different techniques used in a seamless manner, most pieces begin with drawing on paper. Then he transfers his drawings to wood or simply renders them them as digital illustrations. If a drawing is transferred to wood he uses acrylic paint, marker, and cut paper to make a picture. He often uses Adobe Illustrator to create “digital paintings” and “digital blueprints” to plan color schemes and composition.

A well-rounded, Black-American perspective is important to XPayne's personal goals as he develops his catalog of work and exhibitions. He often refers to his work as “Black-Pop,” which is a word that focuses on the value of Black American influence on American culture. His saturated color palate is the result of coming from a marginalized group boldly expressing itself while passionately exclaiming, “I’m here and my worth is immense!” These works are designed to engage the viewer as quickly as possible.

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Photo by John Gugala

Photo by John Gugala