Xiao Faria daCunha is a Chinese painter based in Kansas City, Missouri. Inspired by traditional Chinese ink illustration and Western painting styles, she works in both watercolor and acrylic to produce art that explores, as well as analyzes humans and their relationships with themselves, each other, nature, and the world at large. Having struggled with mental health, Faria daCunha evokes and harnesses ancient Eastern and Buddhist symbols and mythologies to acknowledge universal truths about life—love, pain, and everything in between—so that her viewers may find comfort in whatever their situation might be and feel that they can successfully navigate it.
Faria daCunha's medium is dependent on the narrative her work aims to present. When she paints in watercolor, she is depicting a state of Zen, a state of poetic, romantic inner peace; when she uses acrylic, she is focusing on an internalization of some human conflict. Faria DaCunha combines her varied artistic styles with the lessons she has learned through both her culture and personal experience to help others realize that it is okay to not be okay.