Xavi Panneton approaches his craft with a unique perspective delivered by his history of creating work across many genres. First immersed in the Washington D.C. graffiti scene of the early 90s, Xavi was later a foundational member of the West Coast world of Visionary Art and continues to expand minds as he traverses an evolving aesthetic where design meets the uncharted territory of our collective consciousness.
Working primarily in acrylic, aerosol, stencils, and mixed media, Xavi wrangles a variety of influences into a single, cohesive whole. His mesmerizing pattern work and alternating use of hard and soft lines evoke meditative states, keeping the viewer grounded in a world of simple beauty. Within this tension, a creative drama unfolds and gives way to a hypnotic presence in his work that is at once intriguing and familiar on a cellular level.
The concept of vibration is seen throughout Xavi’s work. Through masterfully executed compositions of novel shapes, forms, patterns, and symmetries inspired by nature, Xavi brings musical worlds of energy to bear in the visual realm with the intention to connect with the viewer by way of harmonic frequencies.
Ancestral influences of indigenous cultures are pervasive in Xavi’s work. Here again we find a dynamic tension in his art: Using formal modern design techniques, Xavi incorporates the old and the new–the seen and the unseen–in order to build a unique visual language which straddles multiple cultures and historical epochs.
While committed to the lasting tenets of design theory and increasingly interested in abstract expressionism, Xavi also brings a certain playfulness to his practice and while his work remains sophisticated, there also exists a refreshing accessibility to everything he produces.
Xavi has created murals and installations across the world and has painted alongside of some of the most well-known electronic artists and psychedelic acts on the planet, leaving a transformational mark on every space and community into which he has been welcomed.
“My work is play. And I play when I design. I even looked it up in the dictionary, to make sure that I actually do that, and the definition of ‘play,’ number one, was ‘engaging in a childlike activity or endeavor,’ and number two was ‘gambling.’ And I realize I do both when I’m designing.” ~Paula Scher
“I am entirely fascinated by relationships and human behavior. Indeed it is what is really going on here. How do things relate to other things? Ideas, words, touch, objects in space, earthly and heavenly bodies; all layers of being intersecting not only in 3 dimensional space but also in an all-pervading invisible dimension which is primary to the physics of our existence. I find the process of working with layers on a 2 dimensional surface a perfect metaphor for the intimacy and immediacy of relationships. We are smacked right up against each other all sharing the same space. Is there really any space between us? How do we consider all that is around us? How does Nature consider all that is within it vs. how man does? My observation of Nature is that every aspect is given its own space in correct proportion and right relationship to its environment. It nurtures its unlimited parts with equal consideration and precision while constantly breaking them down and building them up again, stronger every time. I try to be in that space of empathic consideration when creating art. I feel the presence of a strict but loving parental guidance, alongside multiple joyful and spontaneous child-like impulses. It is through the union of these two energies that my work emerges.” ~XAVI