Our featured artist this week is Maximilian. Maximillians' is a painter whose artworks evokes emotion and reflection upon the reality we live in- from violence to abuse to environments.
"To me, being an artist comes from a deep-rooted necessity. It’s a natural way to
transform your emotions, fears and desires into a concrete object like a painting. It’s
the representation of an idea, using a language made up of images – much of it
channeled directly from my subconscious, with little in the way of filters. I’ve been
making art since I was a child and it’s always been my favorite way to spend my
time, to be alone and to be able to visit my inner world. Since arriving in Paris, I’ve
started a new series of art works representing pre-adolescent boys – an age when
the games and innocence of childhood give way to adult thoughts and concerns.
That phase when boys turn into men, between the ages of 10 and 14, is a stage when
sexuality is still not fully expressed and when gender is still fairly fluid. My
characters are androgynous precisely because I want to represent that sexual
Artworks in order:
La Boum (The Party), 2020, Acrylic on hardboard, 120x80 cm
My artwork is a metaphor of human frailty in which tragedy can come suddenly, even in the most joyful moments.
La boite dorée (The Golden Box), 2020, Acrylic on hardboard, 120x80 cm, $1500
My artwork symbolically represents the abuse of slavery and the manipulation of poor societies, in particular African ones, through the exploitation of resources and economic blackmail. The "golden box", the title of the artwork, means the selfishness of rich closed societies and cynical towards the so-called "Third World".
Le signe du feu (The Sign of Fire), 2020, Acrylic on hardboard, 120x80 cm, $1200
My artwork denounces the environmental pollution caused by man that will cause serious consequences for future generations, in the painting represented by the child.
Le jeu des adultes (The Adult Game), 2020, Acrylic on hardboard, 120x80 cm, $1500
My artwork symbolizes the violent madness which, in certain social, geographical and political contexts, also makes children instruments of death and destruction. They, unsuspecting beings, experience this madness as a childhood game, becoming easy tools in the hands of ruthless killer".
Un après-midi au spa (An Afternoon at the Spa), 2019, Acrylic on hardboard, 120x80 cm, $1500
My artwork is a crude metaphor for the violence and abuse suffered by children forced, in extreme cases, even to prostitute themselves.