Xavier Yarto’s art career in a flow

Since Xavier Yarto exhibited his work in the Netherlands, it has been going uphill with his art career. It was in the year 2014 that Yarto showed his work in Arps Gallery.

He got good reactions from quite a few people and he sold some work. The public was interested in his subject: Mexico’s pre-Hispanic past. The abstract way in which Yarto covered this theme, inspired not only the imagination of the Dutch, but also a number of European art-gallerists.


People were also impressed by the use of color in his work, which made it joyful to look at. It refers to Tlaloc, the God of the Mayan culture, depicted in pre-Spanish paintings and sculptures. He based it on the Earth Elements, a series that built a bridge between the ancient Maya art and contemporary abstract paintings. Included in the series: Rain, Water, Moon, Setting Sun, Earth, Metal, Rising Sun, Fire, Air, Stone.

In general Yarto uses acrylics on canvas or paper, sometimes on wood. Sometimes he works with oil. Usually he begins to work from the center of the image, and from there he works towards the edges.  

He got many invitations to show his work in group and solo exhibitions. From Spain, England, Belgium, Italy, Sweden. In France his work was in the Louvre and besides that also at an international Biennale in Cannes during the film festival. He received the Central Europe Fine Art Prize, organized by the Modern Museum MAMAG. He was recently nominated for the Global Art Award in Dubai with the painting ‘El Guerrero’. It didn’t stop. Both in the  USA as in Mexico his work was to be seen.

In the meantime Xavier Yarto decided to move, with his family, to the USA, San Diego. He thinks this will work out well for his career.


Yarto (1972), who studied architecture, is self-taught in art. He is a born Coyoacan, which lies south of Mexico City. He made his first serious work of art when he was a youngster working in an art gallery. As a child he loved painting all the time. His first children’s painting was a bison in oil, painted on wood. 

Through a gradual development he came to his personal signature, seeking for harmony and balance. With each composition he tried again to create something entirely new. It sometimes takes weeks before he is satisfied with the result. This can be exhausting, emotionally and also physically. Yarto works in a peaceful environment, sometimes with music, avoiding contact with people asking questions.  


The great masters whom he takes as example are Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Currently he is reflecting on the work of a visual artist from the Dominican republic: David Taveras and a Mexican: Reyna Zapata.

His current body of works consists of many abstract paintings.

Xavier Yarto’s upcoming show will be in Seoul, Korea.

Image 6) ‘El Guerrero, 14) Life






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