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Maximilian Damico Brno, Czech Republic

Italian watercolorist Maximilian Damico paints primarily on location. He observes city sidewalks and intersections, looking for not the most famous scenes but the most interesting. With quick, lively brushstrokes, Maximilian captures the energy and mood of cities whether in the rain, gloom, or rush hour. The frenetic quality of city life doesn’t detract from the beauty of each scene. Maximilian’s gestural technique instead infuses liveliness in each artwork, a liveliness that makes being in a big city a never-ending thrill.

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    About The Artist

    Italian watercolorist Maximilian Damico paints primarily on location. He observes city sidewalks and intersections, looking for not the most famous scenes but the most interesting. With quick, lively brushstrokes, Maximilian captures the energy and mood of cities whether in the rain, gloom, or rush hour. The frenetic quality of city life doesn’t detract from the beauty of each scene. Maximilian’s gestural technique instead infuses liveliness in each artwork, a liveliness that makes being in a big city a never-ending thrill.

    Artist Statement

    I usually work on location. Sometimes I do several sketches in the same theme and then I go to complete it in the studio. I do not care about sightseeing and famous places; I like to walk to find aesthetic details or an interesting game of shadow and light. I approach the painting with warm and cool colors; the contrast has an interesting three-dimensional effect. I try every time to move the brush as fast as I can, to catch the movement that I am seeing in reality on the paper. It gives the painting the energy and vibrations that I am constantly looking for in my work.

    I was born in southern Italy, and took painting courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. After my Fine Art Diploma, I left Italy to have broader contact with the international art scene. I went to Barcelona, London, Paris, New York and Prague, and I developed my own style using semi-abstract elements and expressionist executions and techniques. I spent five years in this kind of wandering life, always looking for areas of visibility, collaboration, and contacts with art galleries. Although I was following my dreams, I felt dissatisfaction; an awful virus in the mind of an artist. For this reason, I went back to my own village in Italy on Amalfi Coast, to find myself. I eventually applied to a watercolour art contest. I had never tried this technique, but immediately I fell in love with the medium. I began a self-taught apprenticeship with the technique by observing and absorbing the talent of the greatest watercolour masters from the past: G Gigante, J Sargent; and Australian artists. Watercolour has twisted my interior world and changed the way I look at the external world. In the last year I won awards in Austria and Spain and participated in several workshops in Italy and Prague that gave me the final push to carry on struggling with the fluid world of watercolor.

    Artist Background

    Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2007

    Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Milano

    Master of Fine Arts, 2009

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