Llewellyn Xavier is one of Saint Lucia’s premier artists. Born in 1945 in Saint Lucia, Xavier left as a young man to Barbados as an agricultural apprentice. It was there a friend gave him some watercolour paints and immediately his talent became apparent. In 1968 Xavier went to England to further his art career. In 1979, he enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. He married and returned to Saint Lucia in 1987. In 2004, Xavier received the Order of the British Empire (OBE), in recognition of his contribution to art.
Xavier’s work features the natural beauty of the Caribbean along with his deep concern for environmental preservation. Xavier has exhibited at some of the finest art institutions internationally and his work is in the permanent collections of the many prominent museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, both in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, England’s Oxford University and Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Jamaica.