Xan Padrón

New England Review Vol. 42, No. 1 (2021)

I’m excited that my 2014 photo “Joven Habana Vieja” is featured in the cover of the incredible literary magazine New England Review  Volume 42.1.  New design, essays, stories, and poems—from Susan Daitch, Carl Dennis, Matthew Lansburgh, Charif Shanahan, and more!  

It's always a joy to collaborate. Thanks!

The Other Art Fair Virtual Edition. Global launch, March 10-14

I would like to invite you to the global launch of the virtual edition of The Other Art Fair on March 10-14. This will be a great opportunity to virtually visit this 3D environment with 75 TOAF artists from all over the world. You will be able to navigate the Fair, visit individual booths, chat to artists in real time, join workshops, talks, tours and many other features. I will be bringing new works from both pre-COVID-19 times, and also from NYC’s new landscape in 2020 and 2021. I have been documenting the city during this pandemic and It is amazing how the human presence in the streets of New York City has changed… Click on the image below and register online for free early access and unlock exclusive features

“We the People” and “Baker’s Global Rainbow”

We the People

Ever since I started with the process of becoming a naturalized US citizen I began to play with the idea of recreating the US flag. Since I’m based in New York City and that’s the city I’ve documented the most, I started this process in my neighborhood, the West Village, at the red wall I photographed so much over the years, and then I began to look for a blue wall and a white one and once I found them I just stayed there taking pictures of people walking in the neighborhoods I inhabit ... It was a fascinating process for me, New York City is just a universe in itself and creating this flag in the city where millions of immigrants (like me) became locals, was my way of trying to visualize the “We" as opposed to the “I”. No matter how divided we think we are, we still are a community of people sharing a space in the world, and a way of life…



Baker's Global Rainbow“Baker’s Global Rainbow” uses the colors of the original rainbow flag designed by artist Gilbert Baker to honor the San Francisco Gay Freedom Parade in 1978. The design of the original flag had eight colors, each one with its own symbolism, but because of practical matters, two of those colors disappeared to give rise to the flag that we have today: a six-color rainbow. This Time Lapse was created during the pandemic, with material I had from previous pieces, with images of random people passing by some of the walls featured in pieces from New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Sidney and Los Angeles.

NYC COVID Time Lapses

During the summer of 2020, I was able to return to New York City, where I reside, and I began documenting this moment through its almost empty streets... The city has deeply changed. Face masks, no tourists in the streets, people working from home, many residents fled pushed by the uncertainty caused by the pandemic... The human landscape of New York City has changed dramatically and so did the behavior of those living here during COVID times. This collection is an ongoing work, which I hope helps us remember how vulnerable we are, while also serving as a reminder of New Yorkers’ epic resilience and hope.

Time Lapse. Snow day, Midtown, NYC
Time Lapse. Theater District, NYC
Time Lapse. Grove Street In the rain, West Village, NYC
Time Lapse. Broadway and Washington Place, NYC
Time Lapse. SoHo, Greene St November 2020
Time Lapse. Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Brittany Ferries' Galicia

French and Spanish ferry operator Brittany Ferries unveiled the latest addition to its fleet, Galicia wich will serve routes linking Portsmouth and Santander (northern Spain) and Portsmouth and Cherbourg (Normandy). The ship is full with art featuring the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the region that bears her name. I am honored that two works from my Time Lapse series and several other works from my project Where I Come From are hanging on the walls in different rooms inside the ship, alongside the works of a group of talented artists whose amazing works invite passengers to take a journey through the towns, countryside and coastlines of northern Spain.

Time Lapse. Lemonheads COVID-19 Special Edition

During my confinement in Galicia I couldn't stop doing, making and creating, and although I knew that everything I was creating was ephemeral, the process of making it brought me so much joy and hope that I began experimenting with things I had around me. You can see the results in these two pieces: the “Time Lapse Series: Lemonheads COVID 19 Special Edition”, with lemons and branches from our lemon tree “passing by” and old door, and “The secret life of Lemonheads” a real imaginary building in which one could just imagine the secret life of this magical and unique community: the Lemonheads :)

PholoLA 2020

It was an honor to be part of the 28th edition of PhotoLA with the amazing Susan Spiritus Gallery at the historic Barker Hangar, Santa Monica from January 30th - February 2nd, 2020. A curated selection of more than 60 local and international galleries and art organizations offering an extensive selection of classic and contemporary photographic works. 

#artonlink NYC

#ArtOnLink showcases local artists creating work that celebrates life in NYC. The scenes, people, icons, and sentiments showcased represent NYC and create an immediate connection between the art and the city for citygoers and visitors alike.

I'm so excited my work will be featured in 1.700+ Link digital kiosks across NYC's five boroughs. Keep an eye and feel free to send me a pic if you spot one!

P.S.: Thanks to Sabela and Carlos for sending me this images. Love you guys!

Pictura Gallery at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts

DECEMBER 6th, 2019– FEBRUARY 1st, 2020 CENTER Award Winners Exhibition. Pictura Gallery hosted the 2019 Santa Fe CENTER Award Winners Exhibition! The show featured works by 15 national and international photographers.


Race, Class and Gender in the United States. Eleventh Edition 2020I couldn’t be more honored to have my pieces in the cover of some of these books and magazines, including the 11th Edition of Paula Rothenberg's anthology "Race, Class, and Gender in the United States", which includes "writings from the founders and leaders of key contemporary social movements (Tarana Burke on the metoo movement; Alicia Garza on Black Lives Matter; and Gaby Pacheco on the Dreamers)"
PRISM InternationalPRISM international is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia, whose office is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people. Their mandate is to publish the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world.
Zeit Wissen MagazineZeit Wissen is a bi-monthly popular science magazine published in Germany. The magazine is spun off from the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit. The German phrase "Zeit Wissen" literally translates to "Time-Knowledge," and refers to the up-to-the-minute nature of the magazine's subject matter and focus (from Wikipedia). In this article scientist Nicholas Christakis interviewed by Zeit Wissen: “Humanity is good”
New England ReviewNEW ENGLAND REVIEW is an award-winning literary journal publishing the best contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry four times a year.
PHOTOWORLD CHINAPhoto World magazine was founded by the China's national news agency - Xinhua News Agency - in 1973. It is one of the most influential photography magazines in China. As a monthly magazine,They aim to introduce photography concepts, excellent photographers and their works at home and abroad. They also bring industry information and press to Chinese readers.

Interview for Univision Chicago

With occasion of The Other Art Fair Chicago, I got interviewed by Univision Chicago. The interview is in Spanish and I'm so happy I had the chance to discuss my work in my own language with such nice fellows! Take a look a the video below:

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Hola Chicago! Getting ready for @theotherartfair in Chicago! Opening night TONIGHT at 5pm. And incredibly grateful and excited for this news segment at @uninoticias where I got to talk about this amazing fair in my own language... See u at @manacontemporarychicago we’ll be there until Sunday! . @saatchiart @univision #artfair #chicago #chicagoart #pilsen #pilsenchicago #artist #theotherartfairchi #artcollector #chicagoartcollectors

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The Other Art Fair Chicago Spring 2019

Hi Chicagoans!! Excited to be in the Windy City for The Other Art Fair this weekend. We will be at Mana Contemporary Chicago from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th. Please stop by and say hello. I’ll be in booth #48 together with 100+ amazing artists from all over the world!!

Mention in The New York Times :-)

Hey! Take a look at this article from The New York Times Art & Design section talking about alternatives to Frieze, the mention my work! It's just a small mention, but it makes me happy anyways!

(...) photographer Xan Padron is showing color-saturated images of street scenes (...)

The Other Art Fair Brooklyn, May 2019

Back to Brooklyn, where it all began... This is my favorite venue, and it feels great to play home! My stand  is full of colors and light... new and old pieces for this amazing art fair. Come by The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn Expo Center,  I’ll be there, in booth #91 until Sunday night!

Center's Choice Awards: Editor's Choice

The Choice Awards recognize photographers working in all processes and subject matter. Images can be singular or part of a series. The Awards are divided into three categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, and Director’s Choice. I am happy to share that I have been chosen as the 2019 Editor’s Choice Award 3rd Place Recipient for the project, Time Lapse. My work was chosen by MaryAnne Golon, Director of Photography of The Washington Post.

Saatchi Art Spring Catalog Vol. 2

When I began my Time Lapse  project a few years ago, I couldn’t even dream about the beautiful things this project has brought to my life. Honored and grateful to be featured on the cover of the Saatchi Art Spring catalog and incredibly excited about my next The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn and Chicago, both of them in May! Stay tuned for more info about The Other Art Fair! . Gracias Saatchi Art's power team for having me as part of this amazing selection of incredible artists!

Friends with Beagle

Right after Los Angeles I will be back to NYC for the Friends with Beagle group show in Manhattan from April 5th to 14th, at 195 Christie St., NY, NY 10002. Contact me here if you would like to attend the private view. Private view will be held from 5:30-8:00pm on Thursday, April 4th.

The Other Art Fair Los Angeles

I will be at The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles from March 28th to March 31st showing old and new works along with many, many, super talented artists from all around the world. I am honored to have been selected by A. Moret, founder of Installation Magazine, as one of the 6 Must-See Fair Artists.

The Venue for this Spring edition of The Other Art Fair LA will be the Magic Box at The Reef DTLA: 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles California 90007 

Here is how you can get your complimentary tickets: 

The Private Opening event: Thursday, March 28th from 6-10pm. (RSVP needed). This invitation also provides access to the fair on March 29th-31st. Just RSVP using this link:

The Art Fair Tickets: Tickets grant FREE ENTRY on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the fair weekend, unlimited times. They can be redeemed at under 'Enter Promotional Code". Code is: XanPadron . You can redeem as many tickets as you need. Please come and say hello. I will be at Booth #73

Video Feature

The amazing teams of Almond Tree Productions and The Other Art Fair created a new series of videos featuring artists from different fairs across the world. Take a look to this "Meet the Others" and hear me and my thick Spanish accent describing how I do what what I do. ;)

Saatchiart's Catalogue Spring 2019

The feature of my work at the Saatchi Art Spring Catalogue have help me increase the number of new friends and collectors who now have one of my pieces at their homes or offices. Thank you so much Saatchi Art for your continuous support.