Born in Richmond, California, Xavier has a BFA Degree in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MA Degree in Printmaking from San Francisco State University.
In the 1970ís, he worked with the Galeria de la Raza on a number of billboard and mural projects. During this time, he also designed a poster for the United Farmworkers Union, Boycott Grapes, which is now part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of American Art, in Washington, D.C. His work is also in the permanent collections of the Norwalk Community Technical College, Norwalk, Connecticut and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Oakland, California. He has won various awards including the James D. Phelan Award in Printmaking in 1993.
He has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe, including Tokyo, Mexico City, Puerto Rico and Amsterdam.