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Art Speaks
• ARTS • ENTERTAINMENT • LIFESTYLES •
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Art Speaks
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BY JENNIFER FAUCI
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Lifelong New York artist Xiomáro (pronounced SEEoh-MAH-ro) has recently begun to put his stamp in Long
Island. Born in Brooklyn and currently living in Roslyn
Heights, the Manhattanville College alum has been busy
with his new art exhibit, The Other Side–Charles, Caesar,
Harry, Sam, Pompey, Lon and Isaac, currently on display
at the Oyster Bat Historical Society. But his career as a
photographer has been a little less than photogenic.
“I majored in philosophy and took a lot of art classes just
short of making it a major,” said Xiomáro, who attended
NYU for law school and later practiced as an entertainment lawyer. “I started my own practice in late 1980s and
hip hop and dance music was becoming a big thing so I
got to work with a lot of artists in that field.”
Xiomáro has always worked with creative people—painters, photographers, actors, singers and bands. It wasn’t
until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, that he realized
he wanted to fully immerse himself in the art world.
“During my recovery, the music industry was declining
and then the recession crept in so it was impossible for
me to sustain my practice,” said Xiomáro, who is still able
to practice law. “It got me thinking about what I wanted
Viewpoint
Michael A. Miller
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Eye On The Island
Mike Barry
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Xiomáro is a professional photographer based in Roslyn Heights.
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A haunting photo of the slave burial ground. (Photos by Xiomáro)
See ART SPEAKS on page 3A
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ART SPEAKS from page 1A
to do with this second chance at life.
I currently work two full time jobs
and for photography, I get the work,
prepare proposals, take and process
the photos; I’m my own publicist.”
Hopeful that he will soon be able to
be a full-time photographer (he has
taken pictures professionally since
2011), Xiomáro is planning on hiring
help to assist with his website and
social media page, which he currently
maintains with great pride, as he has
always been intrigued by everything
digital.
“I have always been interested in
the digital and video arts,” he said. “I
was doing the music thing but I was
depressed at the time so as therapy, I
bought a digital camera and wandered around parks and open spaces
and took photos for myself,” added
Xiomáro who made a collection and
set up mini exhibits at the coffee
houses where he and his band played.
In 2007, Xiomáro purchased a
better camera and officially pursued
photography as an art form. In 2011,
he was accepted into an artist in residence program, where he received
the opportunity to spend a month
living in a park of a Connecticut
historic house.
“I had total artistic freedom for a
month. I created a series based on the
park, which led to my first commission for that same park to photograph the interiors of the historic
sculptures,” said Xiomáro, who also
received a lot of interest and publicity. “I also created collections for the
Sagamore Hill national historic site
and the William Floyd Estate—and
yes, William Floyd and his descendants are indeed connected with the
Floyd-Jones family of Massapequa.”
Xiomáro enjoys shooting in open
spaces, which is why he has spent so
much time in national and state parks.
“I love creating collections
and having the collection tell the
Marian Floyd’s tombstone
The Old Mastic House
story, because people have a way of
connecting to images,” he said, which
has been his main goal throughout
his most recent exhibition. “A lot of
people don’t know about the park;
there is always funding for it. There’s
layers to that history and the Floyd
family and I wanted to tell that
story of slavery through a narrative of
photos.”
The Other Side looks at the William
Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach, with
photographs illustrating landscape
vistas of the estate grounds as well
as intimate interior views of rooms
not included in regular tours of the
house. At the heart of the collection
are photographs of undated wooden
crosses bearing generic slave names,
set apart from the elaborate individualized stones of the Floyd family
cemetery, all representing the family’s
evolution from slave ownership to
active military service during the
American Civil War.
“For me, the best art is the kind that
draws you in. It can be educational
as well as beautiful,” said Xiomáro.
“Everything comes together to convey
an idea to get you thinking about the
piece and challenge conceptions.
That’s what this collection does.”
As for his photographic future,
Xiomáro will be heading to a Florida
swamp for a month documenting the
fragile ecosystem that feeds into the
Everglades.
“I’m going to actually live in the
swamp of Big Cypress National Park,
in central Florida for a month and
create a photographic collection of
the ecosystem,” he said.
No matter where he goes,
Xiomáro’s camera will be along
for the ride; snapping scenic shots
around Long Island and the country.
The Other Side–Charles, Caesar,
Harry, Sam, Pompey, Lon and Isaac
features a collection of 29 photographs that will be on view through
March 29, 2015 at the Oyster Bay
Historical Society, 20 Summit Street,
Oyster Bay. For more information,
contact 516-922-5032 or visit www.
oysterbayhistorical.org.
For those who can’t attend the
exhibition, an ebook is available to
download.
on view through March 8, 2015
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