Fawna Xiao is a screenprint artist. She first learned to screenprint after hitting the mini-jackpot at a New Zealand casino, and promptly put her newly won funds to work. She built wooden frames, stapled some wedding veil fabric to them and started printing. She then went on to graduate from the University of Maryland with a BA in Studio Art and a concentration in Printmaking. Fawna's work centers around abstract landscapes, all printed as one of a kind monoprints. Fawna drove around the country solo for half a year looking for a new home, and has found it in Oakland, California.
Fawna launched herself into the arts scene with a sold out solo exhibition, and has continued to show work around the country. She is a two-time winner of the prestigious DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship Award, and has been featured in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, the Intentional, and the Artist Catalogue. She also works in film, coffee, and is currently at war with the weeds in her garden.
Fawna is always available for commissions. She works out of the Compound Gallery & Studios in Oakland, California.
My work centers on the surreal beauty of the real world. Each work and series is focused on a particular unreality that happens in nature – the abstract texture of snow and dark mountains, the near-neon colors of the desert and ice glaciers, the mutation of light from sunrise to sunset. I take these supernatural forms and turn them into unnatural geometry, and balance the geometry to hold the same curiosity and fascination that the original holds. I have a minimalist approach to screenprinting, and an intense respect for paper. As I only print one of a kind prints (each print is unique, all my editions are one of one) - I am using a process that is by nature defined by its ability to make multiples to make only individuals.