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Xochi Solis

Xochi Solis

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Born and raised in Austin, Xochi Solis spends her days in her painting studio, creating new combinations of the abstract and the actual. Her work, multilayer compositions incorporating found images and cultural touchstones amid washes of vibrant color, has been shown across the Southwest; closer to home, she’s a proud crate-carrying member of the Austin chapter of the Chulita Vinyl Club. For Coach, she sketched a diverse portrait of her hometown, a mix of art and music, old-school and new, with a few restorative favorites folded in.


Nepantla is a new collectively run project space—there’s a trio of artists operating studios there, and they’ve got a gallery for shows and oneoff performances. It’s in a historically Mexican American neighborhood, and the folks who run it are of that heritage, too, so it’s sort of a new generation of creators reclaiming that space.


Fleet is this tiny, impeccable triangle of a coffee shop. I like that they always have coconut milk, since a cappuccino with coconut milk feels very luxurious. They also carry beans from my favorite Mexican roaster, Buna—if I’m ever missing Mexico City, I can go to Fleet and feel like I’m in both places at once.

Nepantla (1)
Fleet Coffee (2)
Asel Art Supply (3)

Photographs by Chantal Anderson


Asel Art Supply only has locations in Texas, and it still has a mom-and-pop vibe. The Austin one is small, but they’ve got a great selection of things I like to use. The people who work there are great, too—they’ve never lost that young-artist exuberance.

Breakaway Records (4)

I’m part of a DJ collective here in Austin—all of us are kind of exploring our latinidad through music. We spin only vinyl, so Breakaway Records has everything we need. They recently expanded, which is great, but also bad news, because I spend a lot of money there.


Cool Beans is a POC-owned food truck with all plant-based Mexican food—for a while it was just a husband and wife running it, and, pobrecitos, they were in there all day. It’s really nice and also very Austin-like to have a plant-based option for us second-generation kiddos who still want our tamales, but might be worried about our cholesterol.


La Perla is this old-school East Side cantina—cash only, just beer, easy on the wallet. My mother grew up in East Austin, and I remember the La Perla sign from visiting my grandfather—and now my DJ group has a monthly residency there. It’s great that the space is still around, for local people who want to get together.

Cool Beans (5)
La Perla (6)
Xochi Solis

Recspec is another new art space, in the Flatbed Press complex—I think they’re doing something really cool. It’s woman-owned, with a gallery space and a little shop, and she’ll do collaborations with the printmakers who are based in the same building. It creates this linchpin of artists in Austin working together.


Coming across the river from South Austin when I was growing up was a really big deal. Festival Beach is on the east side, and as an adult I used to walk my dog there, seeing the redbuds bloom, and the live oaks. It’s a really alive part of the city, with free access, which is so great for Austin to have.

Festival Beach (8)

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