Max Horst Sokolowski
I am full-time contemporary Australian painter having completed a Master Degree at the European Academy of Arts in 1997. I generally paint under the name "Max Horst". Exploring the nature of people and the relationships between them, my paintings are very often short stories of small,daily moments of life. I distill these relationships through simplified forms and shapes, developing my own code of symbols - a code which is constantly changing and developing over time.
In my quest for simplicity and honesty I draw much of my inspiration from cave paintings and naive art, “because I find them very honest as a form of art”.
Using oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, I may mix them with drawing techniques. Natural pigments of earth colors are the base of my palette. With an intuitive preoccupation with color, form and line my work belies a carefully considered composition and an appreciation of the nature of human interaction.
Master Degree at the European Academy of Arts in 1997
2018 - Mission to Seafarers 2018 Finalist and nominee in the People's Choice Award
2017 - IX International Drawing Biennale in memory of Tomasz Ostrowski Melbourne, Australia ,
2015 – Victorian Artists Society Gallery “Beyond Reality”, group exhibition, PolArt festival
2012 - Steps Gallery, Carlton "Urban Spaces" exhibition
2011 - Federation Square, Melbourne "The Power of Colour" group exhibition, Polish Festival Melbourne
2010 - Steps Gallery, Carlton "My Country, My Home", group exhibition
2009 - Steps Gallery, Carlton "International Drawing Biennale" joint exhibition
2007 - Steps Gallery, Carlton International Drawing Biennale" mixed forms, Polish Art Foundation (Ambassador of Poland, Honorable Mention )
2006 - Steps Gallery, Carlton "My World" group exhibition
2000- Wilanow Warsaw , Poland "Museum of Poster ", group exhibition
1998 - CIOP Gallery Warsaw, " Noise " Poland, group exhibition
1998 – CIOP Gallery Warsaw, Poland, " Safety first " group exhibition
1994 - Jary Gallery Warsaw, Poland, "Four plus she" group exhibition
1993 - Jary Gallery Warsaw, Poland, group exhibition
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