Xiomaro – Visiting Artist, Weir Farm National Historic Site, 2012-20
Xiomaro (SEE-oh-MAH-ro) is a nationally exhibited artist and curator from New York specializing in photographing National Park sites to raise awareness of their history, culture, and natural beauty. His work is widely exhibited. At one point, 130 of Xio’s photographs could be seen at eight simultaneous exhibitions from Boston to Philadelphia, including Harvard University and the Long Island Museum.
Xio is the author of the book “Weir Farm National Historic Site,” which features his photographs of Connecticut’s first national park, which was commemorated in this year’s U.S. quarter. The foreword was written by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman and the book was released by Arcadia Publishing. Since 2011, Xio has served as the Visiting Artist at Weir Farm where he began as an Artist-in-Residence.
As a speaker and teacher, Xio has reached thousands of artists, historians, educators, and environmentalists. He was a speaker at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s 140th Annual Summit, and he has presented talks, lectures, and panel discussions at museums, galleries, conferences, universities, camera/photography clubs, and high schools. Waiting lists are not unusual for admission to his smartphone photography workshops. His educational programs are supported by the professional photography industry, such as Xenvo Pro, Red River Paper, and LensPen. He extends his educational outreach through his Facebook group “Photography with Xiomaro”, which includes members from as far away as England and Myanmar.
Xio’s work has been covered by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CBS Eyewitness News, The Candid Frame, News 12, Newsday, The Huffington Post, and Fine Art Connoisseur. His single-minded drive for the arts and the parks is evident in “Unseen Beauty: Photographs by Xiomáro along the New England Trail,” a documentary film produced by the National Park Service, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.
Xio’s photography career is rooted in his prior career as an entertainment attorney and musician. He worked with a wide variety of pop artists from Village People to Gangsta rappers and observed top photographers at work such as Ellen von Unwerth, known for her Guess? Jeans advertising campaign with models Claudia Schiffer and Anna Nicole Smith. After recovering from cancer, he found peace in the solitude of wandering the parks with his camera, which sparked his current career and artistic path.