Xia Zou was born in Wuhan, China, and spent the greater portion of her formative years adapting to life as a “serial” immigrant. (She has lived in China, Canada, the United States, and Italy.) Long fascinated by the meditative practice of “being/becoming/pretending,” her works often play with notions of identity and process, and asks: Who gets to say who we are? What holds us back? What pushes us forward?
Intimate, lyrical, improvisational and emotively charged, her pieces come from a multidisciplinary approach. Both a poet and a classically-trained pianist, often her pieces appear more song-like than technical–reflecting an organic process of creation rooted in a deep sense of connection to the moment. She works in a variety of media, most usually: charcoal, pastel, oil bar, acrylic, and digital formats.
She currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, where she is working on a large portrait series, "Mixed-Up.” She received her B.A. from U.C.L.A. and has shown in San Francisco at the “About Face” exhibition, the 24th Street Gallery, and regularly participates at MAPP (Mission Art Performance Project, a community art’s based project in San Francisco).
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