The digital works of Japanese artist Xhxix

In a world obsessed with personal branding and visibility, where private space so easily and often becomes public, there are artists who manage to remain invisible. The one who has caught our attention recently is someone we know almost nothing about: “I do not intend to disclose my real name, sex and age”, says the Japanese artist known and promoted as Xhxix.

With no special story to share, according to the artist’s statement in a 2012 interview for UMAG, it is also revealed that the works have no clear meaning or message: “My feelings are more vague and faint. There is dissatisfaction, anxiety and the violent part in it. But all is dim and mixed up. I want my work to be so”. However, we notice a constant presence in the artworks, the figure of a boy: “I make it a rule to draw one boy in a picture. I decide what to add, composition and the model’s pose, and then I start to sketch”, while music and the works/ photographs of other artists are sources of inspiration as well.

The works express unhappiness, confusion, fatigue and suffering, perhaps as consequences of certain experiences, social aspects and the hardships of life. The eyes of the depicted boys are very expressive, and the colors amplify the sense of loneliness and, at the same time, of absence.

Xhxix - Digital image, 2014

Digital image, 2014

Digital image, 2014

Digital image, 2014

x, digital image, 2014

Digital image, 2014

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