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April Xu
Digitally Represented Artist
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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  • Beneath the Surface
Oil on Board
12" x 12" 

    Beneath the Surface

    Oil on Board
    12" x 12"
  • Blue and Yellow
Oil on Board
12" x 12" 

    Blue and Yellow

    Oil on Board
    12" x 12"
  • By the Sea
Oil on Board
12" x 12" 

    By the Sea

    Oil on Board
    12" x 12"
  • Her
Oil on Board
12" x 12" 

    Her

    Oil on Board
    12" x 12"
  • Red Nest
Oil on Board
12" x 12" 

    Red Nest

    Oil on Board
    12" x 12"
  • Snow Morning
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16" 

    Snow Morning

    Oil on Canvas
    12" x 16"
  • Summer Never Ends
Oil on Canvas
14" x 18" 

    Summer Never Ends

    Oil on Canvas
    14" x 18"
  • Sunflowers
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16" 

    Sunflowers

    Oil on Canvas
    12" x 16"
  • The Dawn
Oil on Board
12" x 12" 

    The Dawn

    Oil on Board
    12" x 12"
  • The Harvest
Oil on Board
12" x 16" 

    The Harvest

    Oil on Board
    12" x 16"
  • The Iris
Oil on Board
12" x 12" 

    The Iris

    Oil on Board
    12" x 12"
  • The Lighthouse
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36" 

    The Lighthouse

    Oil on Canvas
    24" x 36"
  • The Ocean's Rhythm
Oil on Canvas
12" x 24" 

    The Ocean's Rhythm

    Oil on Canvas
    12" x 24"
  • The Ring
Oil on Board
12" x 12" 

    The Ring

    Oil on Board
    12" x 12"
  • The Song of Spring
Acrylic on Board
12" x 12" 

    The Song of Spring

    Acrylic on Board
    12" x 12"
  • Waterlilies
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16" 

    Waterlilies

    Oil on Canvas
    12" x 16"
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April Xu

What is the meaning of painting? To oil painter April Xu, painting is the best way to express her mood. All the subtle feelings coming from real scenes that happen every day motivate her to use brushes to show her love of the world. Meanwhile, she also thinks a painter should not only express their feelings but also honestly record social events. For example, the tragedies of the global pandemic and the 2020 Oregon wildfires made her realize that humans should revere nature, be modest, and respect it. She records these events by painting them to memorize them. Together, painting allows her to feel about her daily life, gain a deeper understanding of the world, and reflect on it in a unique way. Thus, Xu invites us to acknowledge the unexpected just as much as the quotidien, with subtle magnetizing power – a quality Xu borrows from one of her favorite artists, American painter Andrew Wyeth. However, Xu’s great-grandfather, who painted with Chang Dai-Chien – one of the most well-known Chinese artists of the 20th century - for over thirty years, remains her strongest inspiration.

Xu holds a bachelor degree in illustration and has exhibited extensively in Houston, TX, Portland, Eugene, OR, and overseas. She has received many fine art competition awards and was invited as a juror for art competitions such as the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Most notably, her work is featured in the collection of Princeton University’s East Asian Library. Xu teaches drawing and painting in Portland, Oregon, where she resides.