This approach certainly helped during this year’s global pandemic, as Xi has found solace in creating many bright and cheerful works of art. “It’s like meditation, mental yoga which is good for the mind,” she says. “I want to record ordinary or even unpleasant things in everyday life and express them in a whimsical way.”
In fact, some of his recent illustrations (also shown here) are part of a series called “Hey, you’re finally awake! talk about “imagining I was in a coma and suddenly woke up after being in another world for years,” as she puts it. “All I have experienced so far are dreams, who are they and what should I do.”
Originally from China, Xi has lived all over the world: America, Germany, Kenya and now Japan. It is this experience that, she says, inspires her work: “Everywhere I have lived, there are totally different vibrations and lifestyles. I always try a variety of artistic styles, combining them throughout my work – just like fusion cuisine.
Besides his paintings and illustrations, Xi Nan also specializes in animation and brings several of his digital artworks to life: we especially love the moving cover of The Tokyoiter, Japan’s creative tribute to the New Yorker and the Parisianer, founded by British illustrator Andrew Joyce, French artistic director David Robert and Japanese illustrator and creative director Tatsushi Eto. Discover more of Xi Nan’s works on nanxii.com.