"I seek to express the unpronounceable -- the essence that underlies all form."
Xéna Lee is a New York City painter who apprenticed herself after the masterworks of major museums in Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris, Nice, Rome, Florence, Madrid, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Saint Petersburg, London, and New York -- before she encountered a modern master in Frank O’Cain of the Art Students League. She has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1995, including in New York (SoHo, Chelsea, and 57 Street), Scotland (Edinburgh), France (Tonneins-Unet and Paris), Italy (Modena), Spain (Barcelona), and Qatar (Doha). Recently, she has been exploring projects across disciplines, including painting the backdrop for SYREN Modern Dance, and serving as visual-artist-in-residence for the Lincoln Center group Ensemble du Monde in New York City; collaborating with a harpsichord performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in the museum of Bielefeld, Germany; and painting the walls of the Jacques Ibert Conservatory of Music in Paris, France. She is currently co-authoring Painting as Philosophy, the second of a trilogy that includes Painting as Craft and Painting as Humanity.