Xuan has worked on mosaics since 1999. Her mosaics aim to tell a story, to inspire, to delight the imagination, and to heal. The inspiration for her art is mostly derived from her life journey, as well as from her perception of the external world. Creating mosaics gives her freedom, inspiration, the motivation to create, and the feeling of satisfaction when she generates something beautiful. And that, in itself, nourishes her soul.
To capture the depth and complexity of such subjects, real or imagined, she delves into different artistic styles and techniques in her designs, such as impressionism, still life, and architecture. She has evolved from only using ceramics to incorporating a wide variety of materials into her mosaics to pull unlikely materials into unique harmony.
Since "Xuan" is pronounced "Swan" in English, the mosaics she creates carry the hand-made swan logo that represents her signature.
Meet the Artist
What did you do before you decided to pursue a creative path?
I left Vietnam in 1978, one of the waves of “boat people” fleeing the country following the Vietnam War in 1975. Before immigrating to the United States in 1979, I studied medicine. Once I arrived in America, I decided to change my career path to computer science and work in the field of information technology. I held various positions over a 30-year career span, ranging from Software Engineer to Applications Manager and Quality Assurance Engineer. During a visit to Barcelona, Spain in 1998, I was awestruck by Catalan Modernist Antoni Gaudi's use of mosaics in his architecture...
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Xuan’s mosaics have been exhibited in international juried shows including the 2009 and 2014 Mosaic Arts International Exhibition at The Museum of Man, San Diego, California and The Williams Tower Gallery,
2019 Moments in Mosaics, Marcela’s Village Gallery, Menlo Park, Ca
2017 Pieces of Life, The Main Gallery, Redwood City, Ca
2012 Peninsula Art Museum, Twin Pines Art Center, Belmont, Ca
2012 Curves, Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, Ca