Sexual Camouflage: Xiyadie
By Out.com Editors
The Advocate has interviewed Chinese artist Xiyadie, and we think you're gonna want to check this work out.
The artist was discovered last year by Western collectors during a cultural mission between The Center Long Beach in Southern California and the Beijing LGBT Center. The world premiere exhibition of his work in a public gallery takes place April 29 through July 14 at alternative fine arts gallery Flazh!Alley Art Studio in San Pedro, Calif. The exhibit, titled Metamorphosis of a Butterfly: A Kaleidoscope Vision of Life by a Gay Chinese Artist, consists of more than 50 works celebrating same-sex love and life’s struggles and transcending the harsh discrimination and social stigma facing the LGBT community in China today.
As Xiyadie explains about his craft: "Paper cutting is my own spiritual world. It is my world. In [that world] there are no worries and sorrows, only peace and free imagination. I never thought about becoming an artist. Some people saw my work and then called me one. I'm only a farmer, belonging to my yellow soil land.