Max Piva 1984

Max Piva studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Growing up by the sea, as a passionate surfer, he now feels ripe to implement in his wave paintings what he always knew, always had in mind. "It is search for perfection. In front of a wave you feel powerlessness but also a sense of freedom," says Piva. In contrast to the "manual" technique of the earlier works, he now follows a "visual-virtual path, so to speak." Common to all the works, however, is the interplay, (or antagonism) of movement and resistance.

All waves have the same "origin". One knows how they arise, but no two are alike. There are regular and irregular waves. Nevertheless, they are all three-dimensional. The time, the duration of the distance from the point of origin changes the wave. Max Piva tries with different exposure times in his photos not to capture the image of the wave, but its energy.

In the essence of art and the artist, to use a cliché, fragility and power are often very close to each other. In the case of waves, too: they can still destroy when they break. Sometimes the artist must also destroy in order to create something new.

 

Fotocredit © Max Piva, Porträt © Oliver Jizda
born in: 
Biella, Italy
lives and works in: 
Vienna and Portugal
Max Piva, Two against One, Mixed Media auf d-bond, 110x196 cm, 2018
Max Piva, Two against One, Mixed Media auf d-bond, 110x196 cm, 2018
Max Piva, Two against One, Mixed Media auf d-bond, 196x110 cm, 2018
Max Piva, Two against One, Mixed Media auf d-bond, 196x110 cm, 2018
Max Piva, Achtung, Mixed Media auf d-bond, 110x196 cm, 2018
Max Piva, Achtung, Mixed Media auf d-bond, 110x196 cm, 2018
Max Piva © Oliver Jizda
Max Piva © Oliver Jizda