Xavier Yondvale is a Long Island based artist whose mediums include photography, video, new media and painting. Born in Mexico City, he immigrated to New York City in 1975 and has lived here since. In 2011, after twenty years in Information Systems working for a number of publishing businesses, he left behind this career to pursue a degree in Studio Art at Stony Brook University which he completed Cum Laude in the Spring of 2017.
Xavier Yondvale's early works are rooted in nostalgia, imbued with what he refers to as a universal sense of aesthetics. In every medium that he uses, Yondvale presents his subjects with a bittersweet sentimentality that harks back to his youth. He collects visual mementos even when they evoke unpleasant memories, seeking to convey that life's drama is not his alone, but shared by all.
While at SBU, his works were selected for the 2014, 2016 and 2017 URECA competitive exhibitions at SAC Gallery. In the spring of 2017 he was awarded the Virginia Fuller Prize for Emerging Artists sponsored by Sharon Cowles and was selected for the Presidents Art Exhibition at Stony Brook's Sunwood Conference Center.