Artist Maxim Fomenko questions how the artist looks today as compared to the past with his beautiful, yet unsettling, melting face art.
Maxim Fomenko is a freelance artist from Nuremberg. He studied “Free Art“ at the Nuremberg Academy of Arts. Several of his works are in open and private collections in Europe and the United States.
Expressing His Philosophy Through Melting Face Art
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Born in a family of artists
Maxim Fomenko was born into a family of artists and grew up in his father’s studio. He thinks that was crucial for him. “It so happened that art became my life. I cannot imagine myself without art,” says Maxim.
Melting face art philosophy
Through his art, Maxim asks the questions: How does the artist look today compared to the past? How has he changed in the course of art history? “My goal was to find the modern artist, the artist from our time. What does it mean to be an artist these days? I was wondering,” Maxim says.
…my art is about the artist himself…
He further adds that nobody knows a young artist who repeatedly suffers from depression or who sacrifices his life to create his art.
Maxim further points out the fact that many of today’s artists focus on subjects that artists dealt with thousands of years ago, namely female beauty, and death and paradise. “What is left for modern artists?” Maxim wonders. “Everything seems to have been said, all styles are exhausted, maybe that’s why the themes have to be redefined and interpreted.”
For Maxim Fomenko, Picasso comes first, then Matisse, Renoir, Malewitsch, De Kooning, and Warhol. In addition to the artists from the past, some contemporary artists inspire him again and again.
Among them is the British artist David Hockney. His brightly colored pictures influence the coloring of Maxim’s paintings. “Thanks to him my pictures are brighter, more colorful, and clearer,” says Maxim.
Maxim’s greatest experience as an artist was when he visited the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, where one of his pictures (from his series of pictures that he dedicated to Picasso) was exhibited in a large, bright room next to Picasso’s real pictures.
To see Maxim’s latest artwork, visit Saatchi Art >
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