MAXIM

contemporary artist

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ARBORETUM
Vnitroblock

Prague, Czech Republic 

10/16/2020 - 11/16/2020

time traveler
Charakter

Prague, Czech Republic 

08/08/2019 - 11/08/2019

the alchemist
Dudes & Barbies Gallery

Prague, Czech Republic 

08/11/2018 - 09/18/2018

the universal argument
Tuck

Los Angeles, California USA

12/01/2017 - 03/01/2018

ARGUMENT
Marie Baldwin Gallery

Bel Air, California, USA

09/10/2017 - 11/15/2017

The universal argument
Knupp Gallery Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California, USA

03/04/2017 - 04/30/2017

Group

the lost warhols
Brown Thomas, MGS Gallery

Dublin, Ireland

10/10/2018 - 11/04/2018

the lost Warhols
One Vandam

NYC, New York, USA

05/01/2018 - 05/22/2018

the kings & queens Kollection
Please Do Not Enter

Los Angeles, California, USA 

03/01/2017 - 04/30/2017

world art day closing celebration
LA Brewery

Los Angeles, California USA

04/15/2017 - 04/16/2017

botart international
Fabrik Expo

Los Angeles, California, USA

01/29/2016 - 01/31/2016

botart international
Westedge

Santa Monica, California, USA

10/22/2015 - 10/25/2015

Bio

Born in Prague, the Czech Republic, during communism, MAXIM's artistic process began at an early age, at his uncle’s famous “attic-art studio” in old Prague, where he would get lost in labyrinths of large-sized canvas works while admiring their sheer size and play of color. Growing up under an oppressing regime, MAXIM developed an undying conviction to uphold the truth and the need to stand for all injustice. His work reflects his struggle between despair and longing for the prospect of humanity as a whole. 

 

In MAXIM's formative years, he attends the prestigious Graphic Arts school in Prague, where he obtains multiple degrees from graphic design, photography, lithography, calligraphy, and letterpress. During his studies, he takes several classes on drawing and painting.

 

MAXIM's need for expression, experimenting, and passion for music prompts me to learn to play guitar and drums during his teenage years. Later on, he joins the very notable band Posmrtne Zkusenosti, with whom he records a few songs, gets signed by EMI, releases an album, and consequently tours thus becoming recognized in the Czech Republic.

 

At age 24, he decides to move to the United States. Always driven by the need for adventure and new horizons, San Francisco, California is his first stop. Then onward to Chicago, where he spends several years and establishes himself as a successful designer working on identity branding and graphic design for multiple prominent clients of Chicago’s vibrant cultural scene. One of them being Doug Fogelson, one of Chicago’s most acclaimed photographer. Works from our collaboration are featured in Sonneteer (by Front 40 Press), a book of visual compositions on the built environment. 

  

MAXIM's continued quest for new horizons drives him to downtown Los Angeles in 2011. He is immediately drawn to it for its raw form and dynamic vibrancy.

 

It is here where MAXIM fully immerses in the raw urban scene and finally starts focusing solely on painting. He rents an atelier downtown LA where he spends most of his time while in Los Angeles.

 

MAXIM's yearning for new experiences, exploration, and inspiration brings him to places around the world where he soaks in all the different cultures, lifestyles, and values. His work is strongly influenced by real people’s lives and their stories. He draws his inspiration from studies of history, nature, cosmology, physics, and socioeconomic and political events (past and present). 

 

MAXIM uses mixed media applied on linen, canvas, paper, and other media. Ranging from acrylic paints, oil paints, oil sticks, oil pastels, charcoals, ink, spray paints, and other various materials, MAXIM implements different and experimental techniques to give his art a unique form. His work is known for heavy textures, symbolism, free-form, and fearless freedom of expression to the unforeseen quality of materials.

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MAXIM (Maxim Havlicek) - Multi-platformed internationally recognized contemporary artist based in downtown Los Angeles, known for his large scale paintings, murals, fashion collaborations, and tattoo designs.

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contemporary artist