ABOUT THE ARTIST
Maximillian Wiedemann has given “Urban Art” a whole new definition – instead of spraying walls in the dark and hiding from authorities- based on his Graffiti rooted influence, Maximillian is commissioned by some of the most exclusive brands and celebrities to display his art in the hottest addresses in the world. He sees himself as a ‘camera lens for celebrities’ and documents the habitat that surrounds us in the 21st century much as a 19th Century painter would do, but using spray cans, screenprint ,neon sculptures and installations. His contemporary, pop art work has a complex body which is highly influenced by fashion, status symbols and celebrity. Sylish Iconography and the ambivalence between 'Money and Love' are his main influences alongside Warhol, Richard Prince and Basquiat.
Maximilian is known for turning culturally iconic images or brands on their heads, giving them a satirical way of being viewed, revealing information which is often more truthful than the original image.
Karl Lagerfeld once introduced Max to the Editor of French Vogue Karin Roitfeld at a restaurant in Paris, when Karl Lagerfeld bought a painting, thrusting Maximillian into the art spotlight, since then he is collected by influential personalities in the art world. Many other celebrities such as Kate Moss, Bono, Anne Hathaway, Elle MacPherson, Kelly Brook, Tamara Ecclestone, Lindsey Lohan and Tamara Mellon the Founder of Jimmy Choo are fans and fond collectors too.
Maximilian is constantly evolving with new materials such as LED sculpture, photography and film. What remains constant is his razor sharp wit and incisive humor – always pointed at the vanities of today’s society, but only enough to keep them on their toes, for Wiedemann himself inhabits this world that he documents.