Solo exhibition by Leo (Liu, Xin)

P.O.T.S! by Leo (Liu, Xin) will be on view from July 19 until August 3 at the Hilda Woolnough Gallery at The Guild in Charlottetown. The opening reception is on July 19 at 7 pm. 

Born in China, Leo was introduced to art by his father, who loved Wyeth, Zorn, and Kollwitz. This early exposure led Leo to pursue over a decade of professional training before enrolling at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, where he earned his BFA in oil painting. He then worked as a Creative Director in advertising, overseeing strategy, creativity, and production for global brands.

In 2017, he returned to painting, initially focusing on digital ink paintings, characterized by symbolism and form, before moving to contemporary oil paintings. Leo developed a unique style combining abstraction and realism with Indian ink.

Leo moved to PEI before Hurricane Fiona in 2022, which inspired his first exhibition, The Story of Fiona, in 2023. In 2024, he launched Jie Qi’s Dragon, an art project involving 24 teenagers that merges traditional Chinese climate philosophy with local themes. Inspired by his son’s hockey lessons, Leo also began creating hockey-themed artworks.

P.O.T.S! features Leo’s recent works. The title, an inverted “STOP,” symbolizes his exploration and commitment to the relentless spirit of art. Leo’s journey through various countries, roles, and climates mirrors his love for the PEI Marathon, which he has completed multiple times. This exhibition, a gift to the community, reflects his thoughts on climate, cultural integration, father-son relationships, sports, and life.