Xavi is an internationally recognized mural Artist and Designer most widely known for his contributions to the global visionary art and festival culture.
“Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s as a skateboarder in the Washington, D.C. metro area, I was exposed to Graffiti Art at a young age. I quickly became obsessed with this almost alien force of art. The dopeness of Graffiti was an intoxicating feeling beyond anything for which I had words. Dynamic letters, colors, shapes and characters came alive in my imagination, hypnotically pulling me toward some future destiny. I knew that this was my calling in life. In order to feed my obsession, and being that I was so young, my parents bought me an airbrush and I began painting murals. Soon, I was painting murals in kids’ bedrooms, at my high school and in local businesses. I started airbrushing graffiti t-shirts, jeans, backpacks and whatever anyone wanted me to paint. Ever since then, I have worked full time making art and building a career … one creation at a time. Since the 90’s, the rave scene and West Coast festival culture have given me a space to share and grow culture & community. Everyday I feel humbled that I am able to participate in making art with the intention of bringing light and making the world a sweeter place.”
ABOUT THE CLOTHES
Growing up as a male in America, my fashion options were very limited and I had a hard time finding clothes that felt right. I knew there had to be something better, but I didn’t know where it was or even what I was looking for. I just had a sense that something was missing and I had to find it.
When I was 21, my Mom taught me how to sew and from that day on, I began taking clothes apart and remixing them into new outfits. A new passion ignited. I found my style and began making all my own clothes. I started making stencils and spray painting my designs onto clothing. Soon all my friends at festivals wanted me to stencil their clothes and the signature XAVI style emerged. My stenciled clothing quickly evolved into elaborate costume-like outfits and I began taking commissions. I loved seeing peoples’ joy in putting on their new look - it was as if they transformed into a super hero. That creative excitement, and the pleasure of helping others express more of themselves is what inspired me to create the XAVI line. Although i’ve spent the last ten years making murals and installations, creating a clothing line as the personal embodiment of street art has always been my dream.