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Maximilian (Milan, 1969)

Maximilian started painting as a child and despite his art school training, he has maintained an instinctive approach to his work, letting his subconscious dictate his subject matter. The recurring figure of a pre-adolescent child, neither male nor female, lends a coherence to this free-form universe. Since moving to Paris, France, in 2012, his work has focused on that unripe phase of human existence when gender is still undefined and sexuality has yet to be expressed. The melancholy and reflective characters he portrays are experiencing the often difficult and painful transition from childhood games and innocence to the first upsets of adolescence and adulthood.

"Youth, Sex and Death"
Since arriving in Paris, Maximilian 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. His
characters are androgynous precisely because he wants, as he says, to represent that sexual duality.

Miximilian's figures are still in a kind of limbo, and they are no longer children but they are not yet adults. Their ephebic bodies do not yet show the signs of male maturity but fade into femininity. The young boy plays with his immature sexual impulses and this uncertainty is a mixture of innocence and provocation that give my characters a strong erotic charge but also of melancholy loneliness.